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No Place to Call Home – 2015 BBC Homeless Documentary

No Place to Call Home BBC Documentary 2015

What’s it like to be homeless in Britain today – when you are ten years old?

BAFTA-winning film-maker Jezza Neumann follows two families for 18 months, from before they are evicted by their private landlords, through over a year in a homeless hostel and months of sofa-surfing with friends and family. Throughout this ordeal 11-year-old Ellie and 10-year-old JJ remain cheerful and resilient, trying to see what they are going through as an adventure that they will one day look back on and laugh about, once they finally have a home they can call their own once again.

But we also see the destructive impact that living with such uncertainty has on young lives, as this film brings to life before our eyes the dry statistics about how children’s education, their physical and mental health, and their future chances in life all suffer as a result of homelessness and eviction.

Record numbers of low-income tenants are being evicted by private landlords. As a result over 80,000 children are now living in temporary housing in the UK, three quarters of them in London. This sensitive film brings home just how destructive that experience can be. – No Place to Call Home – BBC


Documentary Notes

  • Social housing stocks at an all time low
  • 80,000 children living in temporary housing. 75% of which live in London
  • Many more children, families and individuals will not be part of the statistics and will be living temporarily on friends and families floors and setees
  • Since 2000 the number of private lets has almost doubled. This has now overtaken those in social housing for the first time.
  • Children living in temporary housing lose on average 11 weeks of school a year due to house moving.
  • Numbers of families placed in another local authority have gone up 26% in the past year
  • 9 out of 10 are sent from london
  • 300000 people are believed to be sofa surfing, the so-called “hidden homeless”
  • Homeless children are 3-4 times more likely than other kids to develop mental health problems
  • A quarter of London’s homeless spend 2 or more years in temporary accommodation

Broken Lives Illustrated Homeless Documentary

Broken Lives Illustrated Homeless Documentary

Broken Lives Illustrated is the story of 12 homeless individuals living in St. Pete, Florida.
The subjects were interviewed and then turned into fine art by artist Jake Troyli jaketroyli.com

More info on their original kickstarter listing here

Documentary Notes

Hearing the stories of the homeless and expressing them through artwork.


Kevin Farley, college educated, ex-carpenter lost his job and girlfriend in Kentucky, USA.

Brian Douglas, lives in Maryland, born in Connecticut. Recovering drug addict following a biker lifestyle for many years. A bike accident now means his only form of income is disability allowance. Explains a lot of fights and robbery on the streets.

Borris Samson, St Petersberg, Florida. Spent a lot of time in children’s homes/re-formitory schools. Talks about sexual abuse, and beatings when he was a young child at said school.  The worst part of living on the street: no structure. Stuck in his past. Lived his life in and out of prison. “Existing without a purpose”.

Dave, been arrested 39 times in 2013.

Adam, absolute hero.

Hardest part about being on the streets? – Finding a safe place to sleep

Why don’t people sleep in hostels or shelters? – Hostels and shelter are noisy, smelly, cramped, hard to get any sleep.



  • Various forms of drug and alcohol use
  • Mostly results from losing a job
  • High reported rates of violent crimes on the streets
  • Theft of the streets
  • High reported rates of sexual abuse
  • Living day to day, often living with other families

Further Resources

St Vincents de Paul Shelter

Without a Roof Homeless Documentary


“Without a Roof” is a raw film documenting the daily lives and struggles of homeless living in Canada; it is directed by 17 year old filmmaker, Gordon Sun, leading a team of motivated youth to complete the documentary.

From abused teens to adults struggling with alcohol abuse, the variety of homeless individuals are startling, it is said that in any given year, there are 200 000 Canadians without a home. “Without a Roof” aims to remove the societal stigma and prejudices that the general public may have on the homeless, and in turn, emphasizes the unifying power of the human spirit and equality.

Through 30 minutes of powerful interviews, tearful anecdotes and powerful visuals, “Without a Roof” is a must watch for anyone who has made preconceived judgments about those less fortunate than us.

Documentary Notes

  • Looks at the different reasons why people became homeless, some through a spiritual choice others because of domestic violence at home etc.
  • Most common reason for becoming homeless:
  1. Mental illness
  2. Poverty
  3. Substance addiction (drugs & alcohol)
  • Being forced into crime just to survive. Stealing food etc.
  • Chronic homelessness – homeless for over 3 months
    Transitional homeless – homeless for less than 3 months
  • 200,000 Canadians homeless at any one time.
  • 40% of homeless in Toronto have drug issues.

Martin – Where Am I Sleeping Tonight? (Homelessness Documentary)

Martin Where Am I Sleeping Tonight – BBC Documentary 2015

At 16, Martin Read found himself living on the streets. Since then, he’s spent time in prison and suffered from mental health issues. But he has picked himself up and is now a film director. This, his first film, is made in and around Bristol and tells the stories of the young people he meets who are not registered anywhere as homeless but are forced to sleep on friends’ sofas, in tents, in caves, under bridges and on the streets.

Since the introduction of the bedroom tax, benefit sanctions and the privatisation of many hostels, the under-25s have been hit hard. Charities estimate that the real number of ‘hidden homeless’ is three times as high as the official homeless figure, so that almost half a million people are now sleeping rough or being supported by friends.

Martin’s past experiences have enabled him to gain unrivalled access into the worlds of those he meets, and the result is an honest and revealing look at what homelessness for young people really looks like today.

Documentary Notes

  • Documenting the lives of the hidden homeless. Video made in Bristol.
  • Charities think that it’s because of the 7+ billion pounds cut from benefits.
  • Millions of people not technically registered as homeless but are in fact homeless. Sleeping on friends floors, in squats, in caves, in the woods etc.
  • Homelessness shot up 80+ in last 5 years.
  • Meeting people who live in caves near Clifton.
  • Not feeling safe in hostels, fear. This is why people choose to live on the streets.