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Homeless

You may think of homelessness as a distinctly urban issue, with people sleeping in shelters or on the streets. But homelessness happens in rural communities too, and it happens to children.  For Desiree Wieczorek, a 10th-grader in northern New York, homelessness was all too real last year. For five months, she and her family lived […] Continue reading →

Focus on Homelessness

Homelessness is nothing new and it’s an issue that affects people across the world. Despite it being something everyone is aware of, it can be easy to forget how many people are affected by it. A recent report by family support service Anglicare Victoria highlighted the increasingly challenging housing predicament for many low-income Australians, in particular for single […] Continue reading →

Homeless theatre: how to engage hard-to-reach audiences

 For over 20 years, Cardboard Citizens has been engaging with hard-to-reach audiences. Our main focus has been homeless and ex-homeless people, and those at risk of homelessness. Our most successful tool of engagement has been forum theatre, a technique created by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal where actors or audience members can stop certain sections of a performance in which […] Continue reading →

Why homeless services are failing women

Women make up 26% of people who accessed homelessness services in 2013, which in real numbers is around 10,000 people. At the sharpest end of homelessness, 786 women were recorded sleeping rough in London last year. There are no figures on the number of women sleeping rough nationally but the overall number of people recorded sleeping rough […] Continue reading →

Living Along the Railroad

This morning we went with Raj in the car to meet Emran in a teastall (cha dokan) near his house. Welcoming us to their teastall, a man, his wife and son shook hands, and we got cha fresh from the kettle that is there on fire all day. Read more. Text by Sabya van Elswijk […] Continue reading →

From homeless to feeding others

A warm smile, a safe haven and a hearty meal. Isaac Barentine and Will Pruit know the importance of all three – especially for someone who’s homeless. “Having a good meal means you’ve got one less thing to worry about that day. It gives you stability and a sense of hope,” said Will. Read more. Continue reading →