Nye Jones

Freelance Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

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.



The Independent
Opinion: Why we need to stop calling people 'homeless'

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.


Taking Naloxone where it matters

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.

With the chemsex scene booming, are gay men using drugs to medicate complex issues around sex?

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.

Can Housing First help homeless people address their drug and alcohol use?

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.

For women who use drugs, treatment can be a man's world

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.


the Guardian
London councils pay landlords £14m in 'incentives' to house homeless people

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.

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