Homelessness

Homelessness specialist

Senior reporter, Inside Housing

Sophie Barnes

Senior reporter

E-mail: sophie.barnes@insidehousing.co.uk

Phone: 020 7772 8436

Fax: 020 7772 8591

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London Assembly calls on Sadiq to act on homelessness

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The London Assembly has called on the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan to act against a “perfect storm” of homelessness.

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255,000 homeless in England, says Shelter

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Some 255,000 people are homeless in England, housing charity Shelter has found.

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Filming homelessness

29/11/2016 | By Michael Chandler

Thinking of entering our Reel Homes competition? Film director Michael Chandler provides tips on how to capture experience of homelessness on screen

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Peer support

25/11/2016 | By Jack Jeffery

A new project aims to show that early intervention is key to addressing the homelessness crisis, says Jack Jeffery

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Off the streets

25/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

Housing First has all but eradicated rough sleeping in Finland. Nick Johnstone looks at how it is catching on in the UK

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Government commits extra £10m to rough sleeping fund

24/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

The government is to pump an extra £10m into the Rough Sleeping Fund over two years, doubling the money for “innovative approaches”.

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Turning the tide

24/11/2016 | By David Ireland

Housing First is a success story – the UK should learn from it, says David Ireland

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Complex issues

22/11/2016 | By Cath McAndry

Rough sleeping is on the increase but there are effective approaches, says Cath McAndry

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Winning formula

22/11/2016 | By Chan Kataria

The sector needs to invoke the pioneering spirit of housing predecessors to meet today’s challenges, says Chan Kataria

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History repeats

22/11/2016 | By Mike Andrews

Services for homeless people are just as relevant today as they were decades ago, says Mike Andrews

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Supporting the homeless

18/11/2016

Housing associations have a vital role to play in tackling the root causes of homelessness, says Simon Clark

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One in three councils took children into care due to homelessness

18/11/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

One in three councils took a child into care in 2014/15 where a central reason for the decision was the family’s homelessness, an Inside Housing investigation has revealed.

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Top tips for film-makers

18/11/2016 | By Henry Barnes

Competition judge Henry Barnes suggests some pointers for film-makers to consider when working on their Reel Homes entries

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Reel Homes film competition

18/11/2016

Let’s create a Cathy Come Home for the 21st century, says Martin Hilditch

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For use in Inside Housing, 18 November 2016

A modern day Cathy Video

18/11/2016

In Cathy Come Home, a family’s homelessness leads to their children being taken into care. Half a century later in modern Britain, it is still happening. Martin Hilditch investigates

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Cathy in the 21st century

18/11/2016 | By Emma Maier

Half a century ago, audiences across the country were shocked and moved by what was later voted the best television drama ever made: Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home.

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Survey reveals thousands living in caravans and mobile homes

17/11/2016

More than 12,000 housing benefit payments are being made to addresses in caravan and mobile home parks, a new Inside Housing investigation has revealed.

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Caravan life

17/11/2016

An Inside Housing investigation has found that thousands of people on low incomes are choosing to live in caravans and mobile homes. Martin Hilditch uncovers a hidden world that raises questions about the housing benefit system

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Town hall executives reveal housing concerns for vulnerable

16/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Senior council executives have revealed they are concerned about the ability of vulnerable people to access housing in their areas, on the anniversary of Cathy Come Home.

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What's changed?

16/11/2016 | By Simon Graham

There’s still a homelessness crisis, five decades after the release of Cathy Come Home, says Simon Graham

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Making a difference Video

16/11/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

Julie Fadden is determined to use her term as president of the Chartered Institute of Housing to end rough sleeping - and she’s prepared to “get on people’s nerves” to do it. Martin Hilditch investigates

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Housing First

15/11/2016 | By Rick Henderson

We must move towards a culture change in the services provided to entrenched homeless people with multiple needs in this country, says Rick Henderson

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Loach: market has failed to deliver since Cathy

15/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The market has failed to deliver the homes the country needs in the 50 years since Cathy Come Home first aired, according to the film’s director Ken Loach.

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Remembering Cathy

15/11/2016 | By Tom Murtha

In remembering Cathy Come Home, housing associations need to make the case for homes that the Cathys of today can afford, says Tom Murtha

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The community taking on homelessness Video

15/11/2016

Housing minister Gavin Barwell’s Croydon constituency has a homelessness crisis. Now members of the community are taking matters into their own hands to find a solution. Martin Hilditch reports

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Playing catch-up

14/11/2016 | By Matt Downie

There is much we can learn from the Canadian approach to homelessness, says Matt Downie

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Helping the homeless

14/11/2016 | By Tony Stacey

Fifty years on from Cathy Come Home, valuable work is being carried out to highlight homelessness, says Tony Stacey

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How Finland fixed homelessness Video

14/11/2016

Housing First turned Finland from a country with a severe homelessness problem into one with almost no rough sleepers. Gavriel Hollander finds out how

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Inside Housing launches homelessness campaign

14/11/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

Inside Housing has launched a campaign to tackle rough sleeping to mark this week’s 50th anniversary of the landmark film Cathy Come Home.

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Shocking viewing

11/11/2016 | By David Orr

A troubling television documentary shows the lack of good quality, well managed supported housing, says David Orr

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Homelessness on the rise in Northern Ireland

10/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

Homelessness in Northern Ireland has risen by 6% over the past three years, according to Crisis UK’s latest Homelessness Monitor.

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Fresh thinking

04/11/2016 | By Faye Greaves

Ministers need a national strategy to tackle the causes of homelessness, says Faye Greaves

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Bad choices

04/11/2016 | By Mr Anonymous

A lack of support and ignorance about housing options leads to persistent homelessness, says Mr Anonymous

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Forced out

03/11/2016 | By Heather Spurr

It is nonsensical for the government to endorse measures to prevent homelessness, while putting more families at risk of losing their home, says Heather Spurr

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Eviction hobby

02/11/2016 | By Dan Wilson Craw

Private landlords out to make a quick profit from rising house prices are contributing to increasing homelessness, says Dan Wilson Craw

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Recipe for homelessness

02/11/2016 | By Sam Lister

Theresa May promised to create a country for everyone but the new lower benefit cap will put thousands of families at risk of homelessness, says Sam Lister

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Change bringer

01/11/2016 | By Sian Jones

Licensing landlords in Wales will give local authorities a true picture of the private rented sector and raise standards, says Sian Jones

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MPs vote for Homelessness Reduction Bill

28/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Homelessness Reduction Bill has been voted through to the next stage in parliament, winning unanimous support from MPs across political parties.

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Historic opportunity

27/10/2016 | By Alice Ashworth

The Homelessness Reduction Bill will help those at risk but ministers must make sure councils have sufficient resources, says Alice Ashworth

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Government backs Homelessness Reduction Bill

24/10/2016 | By Carl Brown

The government will support the Homelessness Reduction Bill, the communities secretary has announced.