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.
Last Friday news broke that the government was quietly winding up local authority funding that had been allocated to house rough sleepers in hotels during the pandemic. Nye Jones argues they've done this because the suffering of rough sleepers serves as a warning.
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
Exclusive: Data obtained by Novara Media shows that London councils are paying landlords costly incentives to house tenants who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in private rented properties - many of them in poor condition. Nye Jones reports.
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.