We’ve teamed up with a host of celebrities including Tom Hardy, Emma Thompson, Ellie Goulding, Jodie Whittaker and Richard Gere to call for an end to homelessness in Great Britain.
The poem ‘If Everybody Is In’ by Stefan, Crisis’ Poet in Residence aka Neanderthal Bard, calls for an end to homelessness for good.
Watch this powerful film with 20 celebrities reading the poem alongside Stefan and two Crisis members.
We've produced the film in support of our Everybody In campaign, which is calling on politicians to commit to ending homelessness once and for all.
We all deserve a safe, stable place to live. But we’re not protecting this basic human need for 236,000 people across Great Britain. It doesn’t need to be this way. Other parts of the world are taking huge strides towards ending homelessness, and we can do the same here.
Ending homelessness doesn’t mean that no-one will ever lose their home again, but that everyone facing homelessness gets the help they need quickly. It means making sure we all have a place to live, and together doing everything we can to stop people from losing their homes in the first place.
We know we can end homelessness once and for all. We’ve published a plan showing the solutions that can end homelessness in Wales, Scotland and England. But we need Everybody In to make it happen. Celebrities including Tom Hardy, Emma Thompson, Ellie Goulding, Jodie Whittaker and Richard Gere are in - are you?
This World Homeless Day, let’s show the world that it’s time to end homelessness for good.
Stand against homelessness by joining our Everybody In campaign.
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Our storyteller George is out there every day speaking to real people about their experiences of homelessness. Read and share these stories below. Let’s get the conversation started and change opinions.
After my nan died, I went to the council and explained that I'd been living with her, but she'd been renting her place and I wasn't on any of the paperwork. I couldn't prove my connection to the area, and so I became homeless. I couldn't believe I was being turned away... My mates let me stay with them at first, but after a while there was tension. I slept on the streets for three days - I slept in parks... I stayed in a hotel for two months... Then I was moved to a hostel – I was there for two years... In the hostel, a friend suggested I go to a football session... I did an eight-week training course at Arsenal. On the leaflet for the course, it said, ‘You could be chosen to play for England.’ By the end of the course I'd forgotten all about that. I’d just enjoyed being on the course. But then three days later I got a phone-call from a guy asking me, 'Do you have a passport'? And then he said: 'You're coming to Mexico for the Homeless World Cup'. I went crazy – I was like, Yeah!'Read Scott's story. now
'I remember it was bonfire night. There were fireworks going off everywhere while I slept in a bus shelter. I had to sleep there for two nights until I could ask for help from the Council on Monday morning, but when I got there they were completely useless. I now know there are homeless charities in Neath who could have helped me, but they didn’t tell me anything about them at all. They just told me to go Citizens Advice Bureau, who in turn told me to go to the Caer Las charity in Port Talbot, who then told me to go to a night shelter in Swansea run by the nun’s. I wish there was just one a place where you could get all the information, but no one seems to talk to each other. Swansea was a four-hour walk away and I had to be there by 5pm or they would shut the doors, so I charged there as fast as I could with my suitcase and arrived just in time. When I got there, I just sat down and started weeping.'Read Gareth's story now
'I don’t know what the future’s going to hold, but for the first time, there’s optimism... I think that’s my advice to anyone. As much as you go through in life, you can change. It’s not easy. All my life I quit on things. It’s only this last year I haven’t... I had friends round for dinner last week and I cooked for them. I’ve not done that before. It was amazing. We had desert and watched some films. It was just a really nice, normal thing to do in my own house. I felt like I was back. My relationship with my mum has improved a lot in the last year too. I hadn’t made her proud of me before this, and that’s all I’ve ever really wanted. Three weeks ago I passed my PETALS teaching course, and my mum phoned me up and said, I’m really proud of you. That got me'Read Greg's story now
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