Nye Jones is a freelance opinion and features writer specialising in housing, homelessness, social policy and drug addiction. He has reported extensively on grassroots housing activism, regeneration and homelessness in London and beyond. If you are a campaign/community fighting back against forces of gentrification and regeneration he wants to hear from you. He has written for multiple publications including The Guardian and The Independent.
It's gentrification by any other name, helping councils to force out tenants and decimate public housing, says the freelance writer Nye Jones
Throwing money at landlords doesn't address the causes of homelessness, says housing campaigner Nye Jones
Imagine a world in which your identity rested solely on the type of home you lived in. A world in which people were defined as bedsitters, flat-sharers or one-up-one-downers, instead of a combination of complex intertwining factors like race, political beliefs, age, gender or sexuality.
They encourage us to think that anyone who is homeless deserves it. A radical cultural shift is needed on this subject, says writer and housing campaigner Nye Jones
A few years ago, Les Chandler walked into the hostel where he was living. A man lay motionless on the sofa in the communal area. His face had turned blueish, purple and he was making desperate choking sounds in his attempts to breathe. Staff were trying to resuscitate him, but it didn't look good.
Experts say many men have a 'sex problem' and are using drugs as the solution. Traditional treatment methods may not be enough. Kos' weekend escalates quickly. He planned to have a quiet few days off work but a couple of drinks and a line of the party drug mephedrone later, he's 'slamming' (injecting) crystal methamphetamine and having sex with multiple men at a stranger's party.
The Tories want people to believe homelessness is complex and rough sleepers are to blame for their situation. The truth is they have been let down by a system that could easily be changed if there was the political will to do so.
A new project in Dundee gives homeless people unconditional homes and support. What impact has it had on the 'drug death capital of Europe'? Down the quiet backstreets of Dundee, a world away from the flashy new V&A museum, Angie opens the door to an unremarkable domestic scene.
Research shows it can take years for a woman to ask for help but if they don't receive the right support immediately they are significantly less likely to return. Karen Tyrell from Addaction has worked with people using drugs for more than 20 years.
Cash-strapped London councils are paying private landlords more than £14m a year in "incentives" simply to persuade them to house homeless people, the Guardian can reveal. The sweetener payments of up to £8,300 each were made to landlords more than 5,700 times in 2018 to house people who were either homeless or considered at risk of homelessness, freedom of information requests have revealed.