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 all deserve a safe, stable place to live. But more than 170,000 families and individuals across Britain are experiencing the worst forms of homelessness right now. 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?
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.
'While I was working for agencies, I managed to get into a backpacker’s hostel, but after the summer the prices went up and made it too expensive which put me back on the streets. I found work again but it was another low wage and zero-hour contract. This time in a fancy hotel. I slept in a park in Mayfair because it was close to my work. That job ended in November 2018 and I’ve been homeless since then. I think I wouldn’t be in this situation if I’d had stable work. Companies lie to you. It’s not always the hours and salary they promise. You can’t plan anything these days.'Read Paul's story (1) now
‘I'm wearing my suit that I keep wrapped up and neatly folded, so it doesn't get wet or damp. The hardest thing about living on the street is carrying stuff around, I get given too much and have to give stuff away. I've been on the street for 3 years, sleeping on the steps of a theatre for the last 2-3 months... My advice to my eighteen-year old self would be - don't make the same mistake twice. I have been married four times... The thing that would help me now is somewhere to live whilst I figure out what to do. The most important thing to have whilst living on the streets is a sense of humour as things can go wrong. It's the key to life.’Read Billy's story (1) now
'I’ve lived in this country for 22 years. I came from the US. I was married here, I have children, but now I’m happily divorced. I used to own my own business as a sole trader. It was a design and building company but then the banking crisis happened and the companies I worked for went bankrupt and couldn’t pay me. This knocked me. I managed to get back on my feet through agency work but then things changed. I was told that I wasn’t entitled to work anymore because I didn’t have a Biometric Residence Permit and without this permit, I couldn’t get paid. No-one had told me this before. The permit cost £820. I didn’t have the money for that, and I didn’t know how I would get it.'Read Eric's story (1) now
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