Posts with tag: homelessness in London

Bolt-On Pods to Solve Homelessness

An architect has designed pods that bolt on to existing buildings in an attempt to combat the growing problem of homelessness in Britain.

James Furzer, an award-winning architectural technician, has created plans for the steel-framed pods that are reached by ladder. He believes they could be used nationwide as short-term shelters for those sleeping rough.

The 26-year-old has been praised by housing charities, which are shocked by the country’s lack of affordable housing.

The static pods are designed to provide four to eight hours’ shelter for those in need. Furzer says: “I know it’s not going to solve homelessness but it is somewhere to give them a night’s rest, to give them a bit of an escape for a few hours.”

The pods would be made from plywood and steel frames and could be bolted on to any building. They feature windows for natural light and a foldable shelf with a mattress inside.

Furzer, from Dagenham, East London, adds: “It’s not a five-star hotel, but it’s got a comforting feel.

“It’s literally somewhere warm, dry and secure where someone could just get a few hours’ rest, particularly in bad weather conditions.”1 

The designs won the top prize of £5,000 in the Space For New Visions contest, organised by manufacturers Farko.

Homelessness charity Shelter has estimated that there are at least 6,500 people sleeping rough in London alone.

1 Radnedge, A. (2015) ‘The cost bolt-on crash pods designed to keep the homeless off the streets… Literally’, Metro, 24 July, p.6-7

Homeless People are Criminals in London Borough

Published On: May 21, 2015 at 11:56 am


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Homeless people in East London could be criminalised after a ban on anti-social behaviour was introduced.

Homeless People are Criminals in London Borough

Homeless People are Criminals in London Borough

The new Public Space Protection Order in Hackney will see police and council officers demanding people stop any activities considered anti-social, including begging and sleeping rough.

The Order covers Hackney Downs, London Fields, Broadway Market, Mare Street and Regents Canal.

Those considered breaking the rules could be given a £100 fixed penalty notice or fined up to £1,000.

Chief Executive of homelessness charity Crisis, Jon Sparkes, says: “Any moves to ban and criminalise rough sleeping will be counter-productive and only make it harder for people to access the dedicated support they need to move away from the streets for good.”1

Councillor Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, defends the ban: “We introduced this Order after trying for months to deal with anti-social behaviour in the area, including offering support, housing and advice to those that are persistently sleeping rough.

“Enforcement action will always be the last resort. We will continue to make sure anyone who is sleeping rough is offered professional help and support.”1

This news arrives after research found that a third of Londoners do not earn enough to afford a decent standard of living. An individual would need an income of £27,000 per year to comfortably rent a flat in the capital.


New App Lets You Donate to Homeless People

Published On: May 19, 2015 at 3:21 pm


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Donate Locate is a new app developed by creative agency Soul to avoid people not giving to the homeless.

New App Lets You Donate to Homeless People

New App Lets You Donate to Homeless People

The app was developed in connection with London homeless charity The Connection. Instead of searching through your purse for any spare change, you can now donate through your smartphone.

Donate Locate gives the option of giving £1, £3 or £5 to The Connection when you see a homeless person. At the same time, the app records your location using your phone’s GPS and sends this to the charity, so that they can identify where homeless people are.

Soul’s Director, Shaun Moran, explains the idea: “Often, we’re told not to give to homeless people on the street in case they spend the money on drugs and alcohol. However, it’s when you see them on the street that compels you to want to give. The app solves the dilemma of how to help the people you see without giving to them directly.”

Donators will receive a confirmation text message upon contributing and the money is added to their mobile operator bill or through their pre-pay account.

Moran says the app has the power to “save lives”, as homeless people will not be able to spend the money on the things that could “contribute to their early death.”

Moran adds: “The other reason to care is that you’re both raising money and saving time for a great charity. The app raises money through donations and saves time by helping the outreach team locate homeless people.”

He concludes: “Being told not to give to homeless people in the street is a well-publicised and long-running issue. Finally, here’s the solution.”1

Find Donate Locate on the App Store.

1 Moran, S. (2015) ‘Homeless app to help save lives’, Metro, 19 May, p.37