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What is homelessness? Homelessness means not having a home - most people who are homeless don’t sleep on the street. Even if you have a roof over your head you can still be homeless. This is because you may not have any rights to stay where you live or your home might be unsuitable for you due to severe overcrowding or other reasons.


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What situations mean you are homeless? temporarily staying with friends or family staying in a hostel or bed and breakfast living in very overcrowded conditions at risk of violence or abuse in your home living in poor conditions that affect your health living somewhere that you have no legal right to stay in


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Who is affected? Homelessness affects a wide variety of people. Some groups of people are more vulnerable to homelessness because they have fewer rights, particular needs or are less able to cope by themselves

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These include: young people leaving home for the first time people with physical or mental health problems people with children people with learning disabilities people on benefits or low incomes asylum seekers and refugees people leaving care ex-prisoners


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How do people become homeless? being evicted by your landlord losing your job health problems relationship problems a disaster such as fire or flooding the

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Tackling homelessness It is a scandal that people are homeless in Britain at the beginning of the 21st century. In 2010 street and hidden homelessness began to rise. It is likely that homelessness will increase yet further as the delayed effects of the economic downturn, cuts to housing benefit and other reforms all start to bite.


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70p

29p* Fundraising

Charitable activities

1p Governance

*generating a further ÂŁ1.20 income


How we spend your pound Workshops and activities like art, drama and yoga to engage homeless people and boost

High quality training and education to prepare homeless people for work CV writing, interview skills and education to help homeless people find jobs Housing advice and access to decent permanent homes

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