This dedicated OpenLearn content hub and the film The Homeless Problem, provide an introduction to some of the key issues and explain some of the reasons behind the recent increase in homeless figures.
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The Homeless Problem
Why do people become homeless? How many people does it affect? This series of short films explores the complex reasons that lead to people finding themselves on the street and the difficulties in supporting them in light of the consequences of austerity policy.Watch now ❯The Homeless Problem
Daniel McCulloch and Dr Victoria Cooper explore the current situation regarding homelessness and housing policy. The Government has shown they can tackle homelessness during Covid-19, so what will they do next?Read now ❯Lessons from Covid-19: It’s time for a radical approach to homelessness and housing policies
The homeless and especially those who are rough sleepers, comprise a disproportionate number of people in prison in England and Wales. Dr David Scott looks at why prisons and the streets are not a replacement for a true home.Read now ❯No place like home: Prisons and homelessness
While so much progress has been made regarding the rights of the LGBTQ community, it might come as a surprise that young people in this community are at considerable risk of becoming homeless. Dr Mathijs Lucassen explores this issue and how we can overcome it.Read now ❯LGBTQ youth and homelessness: We can all make a difference
How will the current anti-homeless laws and strategies affect the increasing number of people with no fixed abode? Victoria Cooper and Daniel McCulloch explore current and historic legislation affecting the homeless.Read now ❯Britain’s dark history of criminalising the homeless
The majority of people who sleep on the streets, and in hostels and night shelters, are men. However, the number of women, particularly younger women, in these circumstances has increased (Anderson et al., 1993). They are often people with complex care and support needs, which go way beyond the provision of accommodation. But, as you will learn in this free course, Homelessness and need, complex needs are both a cause and a product of homelessness.Learn more ❯Homelessness and need
It’s crucial to decouple shelter and other basic goods from migration control says Dr Tendayi Bloom.Read now ❯Homeless people could avoid life-saving services, if there’s a risk of deportation
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Is it possible to have respect for the poor and homeless?
During a campaign interview, Theresa May speculated on why people might visit foodbanks. The OU's Dr Dave Middleton asks if there's a balance between respectfully giving, and giving respect.Read now ❯Is it possible to have respect for the poor and homeless?
You can judge a society by how it treats those most in needs. The last 200 years or so of criminalisation of the homeless doesn't reflect that well on the UK.Read now ❯An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers
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Rough sleepers in policy and practice: chaotic and off course, or misunderstood?
Are homeless people's lives off track and disorganised? Dan McCulloch's research conveys a different story...Read now ❯Rough sleepers in policy and practice: chaotic and off course, or misunderstood?