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Homelessness News At Christmas

Updated on December 29, 2014

Introduction

In this Hub, you'll be subject to a host of news stories from around the web which are inspiring about homelessness at Christmas. Some stories will touch your heart, others will break it.

I look forward to reading your comments, please suggest other news stories you think should be covered and the next time I provide a news hub I will be sure to include them should they pass my review.

Pub offers free Christmas meal to homeless!

This news story really brings out the best in all of us, I mean it is brilliant. A pub in one of the busiest areas of London has offered a free Christmas dinner to the homeless to the point they have been inundated with diners who are homeless and from low income families who otherwise couldn't afford to feed themselves.

This story was found on BBC News, published 21/12/2014.

The pub in question is called William IV in North London,

Read more here.

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A Heartbreaking Story of a Young Family left Homeless at Christmas by Fire.

We go to Bury in Manchester now who unfortunately witnessed a horrific event on Christmas Eve, just yesterday, where a horrible house blaze saw a young family of three (including two young children) homeless on Christmas day due to a candle.

Every year, unattended candles claim hundreds of houses and worse, hundreds of people. We need to remember to blow them out or take them with us.

The story posted on Manchesterfire.gov.uk says

A candle which had been left on a window sill of the semi-detached property came into contact with the curtains which quickly spread to the family Christmas tree.

Albeit a rather tactless pun, the message is clear. Fire spreads quickly.

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Ed Miliband, Labour Leader, visits homeless shelter for women bearing gifts...

Contrary to popular belief, Mr Miliband may be a good person after all, he has been in the news again for the right reasons this time. Bearing a Christmas Hamper for Church Army's Marylebone Project for homeless women.

This news was released to the world on the 22nd of December, 2014. He was given a tour of the project which boasts a specialist mental health unit, residency for 111 homeless, vulnerable females with a range of support needs and day centre where people can socialise with staff and other service users. He also met the staff and several residents of the projects on this day.

Miliband said in comment to the article

It has been a great opportunity for me to visit The Marylebone Project. I have been deeply moved by hearing the stories of staff and residents and learning about the struggles many of them face day by day. I will carry this experience with me and will not forget what I have heard here. Thank you for all you are doing.


I am more than happy to see high-ranking MPs getting involved in real world issues, finally. Maybe soon the wool will be lifted off the world government's for them to see the truths.

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More than HALF of the homeless population first experience homelessness before the age of TWENTY-ONE

According to homelessness charity, Crisis, which is believable particularly as I highlight in previous posts that I was first homeless at fifteen years old. A friend of mine was homeless from the age of just twelve.

The University of Cardiff who carried out the research for Crisis have provided this basis as the most common profile of a single homeless person in the United Kingdom, the same research also revealed that more than two thirds of homeless people are offered no help or refused the vital help they need by their local authorities, the same ones who legally have to adhere to a Duty of Care set in place to safeguard British citizens and visitors.

Chief Executive, Jon Sparkes, of Crisis said

Homelessness is a horrifying experience for anyone, but it is especially damaging for young people, who often become homeless again and again because they can’t get the help they need.

‘This is a tragic waste of young lives. We need to make sure people can get help at an early stage.’

Crisis are urging people to sign the petition No One Turned Away which urges politicians to change the laws so that councils have to help any single person who asks for it.

They are also looking for volunteers over the Christmas period. More on that can be found here.

BBC Panorama's Britain's Homeless Families Documentary

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    • AndrewHil93 profile imageAUTHOR

      Andrew Hill 

      3 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

      The churches are there, just not enough people are aware of them. They don't have the resources to go and help people anymore, people have to ask for help.

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      Penny Godfirnon 

      3 years ago from Southern Iowa

      Where are our churches and Christians through all this? If every single person who had what they needed helped just one person there would be an overwhelming change with homelessness, hunger and sorrow. We must not forget mental illness plays a big part in these problems as well, and is the hush hush subject. Reach your hand into the dark and pull another into the light. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothings going to change; it's not.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile image

      Thomas Byers 

      3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      You do see a lot more stories about the Homeless and the poor around Christmas time. But they are here all the rest of the year also. Did you know that 1 in 5 children in America will go to bed hungry tonight. That all these years after the Hurricane flooded New Orleans that 15,000 Homeless people still live on the streets of New Orleans. Many under the I10 Bridges. I work every day with the homeless and the poor and hungry. I along with other people raid dumpsters to obtain food to feed the poor and homeless. I've done this now since 1998. But the politicians on both sides care very little about the poor and hungry. If you've never been hungry or worried about where you and your children are going to sleep tomorrow night then you have no ideal. I believe very much in Social Justice and unfortunately our country America is in a lot worse shape than people realize.

      Thanks to the O.P. for this Hub Page. The word needs to be gotten out. I appreciate your work. I really do. Thank you.

    • AndrewHil93 profile imageAUTHOR

      Andrew Hill 

      3 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

      Everybody's situation is different but that doesn't excuse any reasoning, the fact is it is never a person's fault they are homeless, well it is but they didn't willingly choose that.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      3 years ago from the short journey

      I've often thought of how varied and individual each homeless person's situation is.

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