Inspiring stories of 5 actors that you know, that overcame homelessness.

1. Daniel Craig


Daniel Craig is a British actor who is infamously known for his role as James Bond in the latest Bond movies. It was reported in Daily Mail newspaper, October 14, 2005, that Daniel was found sleeping in a park bench in London while he was struggling as an actor. Now after his big success no one could even think that Mr Bond was so helpless that he had to sleep on a park bench.

2. Sylvester Stallone


After seeing this name most of the “Rambo” and “Rocky” fans would get a shock that how could a rich and famous person like Sylvester be homeless. According to Total Film magazine, Sylvester said that he was broke and was basically sleeping in the port authority bus station for three weeks straight. Then he saw a wanted post in the paper about the film The Party at Kitty and studs who were paying $100 a day, he said that the offer was too good that he would do anything for it. So after working 2 days on the set he was finally able to get himself out of the bus station.

3. Jim Carrey


Jim Carrey is an actor, writer, producer and one hell of a comedian. He is my personal favourite comedian; due to his unimaginable talents he has won many hearts over the globe. But it sounds very sad to know that the famous Jim Carrey was once homeless. It was said that even his parents were so poor that they couldn’t afford a place either. While Jim was also struggling as an actor, he and his family, which includes elder brother John Carrey, elder sister Rita Carrey, and parents Percy Carrey and Kathleen Carrey were living in a tent in the backyard of the home of Jim’s elder sister Patricia Carrey who was married.

4. Halle Berry


Halle berry is an Oscar and Emmy award winning actress, and is famous for her role as Storm in X-Men trilogy. In 2007, Reader’s Digest had interviewed berry, in which she told the interviewer that after leaving home for the first time, while she was struggling as an actress she had to live in a homeless shelter. The reason was that her mother had refused to pay her anymore and had given her two choices, either to come home or find a way herself. The actress refused to go back and continued her struggle and now as we can see how successful she is. But not many can even imagine her being homeless.

5. Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin is a name known to many people. He was the person who had made people laugh their socks off for decades without uttering a single word. The reports were that Chaplin had a very sad childhood. In his early age he had felt a lot of pain as her mother had a mental breakdown because of his father’s death and they didn’t have any place to stay either. After getting famous Chaplin had made people laugh till his death. But from the inside he was still hurt. He often quoted that “I love to walk in the rain because no one could see me crying”.

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A Tribute to Lee Haplin



I first became aware Lee while reseaching my own film ‘Homelessness’ and about his death while he was embarking on his own documentary film and his story did make me think twice about my own night on the streets with the homeless in London. However for myself I only spent the the one night where as Lee intended to spend the week which was of course what led to his death on day 3. This is his story.

To highlight the plight of homeless people across the country Lee said he wanted to “immerse myself in that lifestyle as deeply as I can,” by documenting himself sleeping rough for a week, accessing the services that homeless people in the West End of Newcastle use and by interacting with other homeless people as much as possible.

Tragically, three days into the project Lee was found dead in a derelict hostel, aged just 26. Lee made the ultimate sacrifice as a journalist and a human being to raise awareness for a very pertinent issue.

A small group of Lee’s closest friends, some of whom Lee was working on the film with intend to finish Lee’s film as true to the vision he had for it as possible.They would then like to use the film to highlight the very serious problems it will explore and hopefully to raise money to alleviate the problems associated with homelessness and try to prevent more people becoming homeless as a result of the current attack by a government of millionaires on the poorest in our society.

Please do what you can to spread the message via Twitter, Facebook, email and of course, good old fashioned word-of-mouth.

See Lee the night before talk about what he intended to embark to sleep homeless the next day, the bedroom tax, the homeless Charity Crisis and his fearless approach to make the documentary which was in the end the catalyst which would cost him his life. RIP Lee.

An now an inspirational story – Homeless man scores his big break abroad.

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A 20-year-old homeless man has kick-started his football career after being selected for the Homeless FA’s England team.

Tom Queripel said his life has been changed since being chosen to play for the national homeless football charity. Mr Queripel has been with the Mayday trust since July last year having lived in a tent for two months following the breakdown of his relationship.

Following encouragement from his support worker at the trust Mr Queripel applied for the Homeless FA and was this week due to travel to Portugal for his first game.

He said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. When I got the call to tell me I got through I wanted to scream with joy, I couldn’t stop smiling. I’ve been playing football since I was five years old – when I could first kick a ball. It’s always been a massive part of my life.”

He said: “I will get the chance to meet and play with new people, face the challenges of being in new situations and environments and conquer personal challenges for self improvement.

“If I’m successful in Portugal, there is the opportunity to play in the Homeless FA world Cup in Poland.”

Since being selected Mr Queriple has completely changed his diet and lifestyle to get in shape for the team.

He said: “This experience so far has opened up a lot for me, I am going to volunteer at Daventry Town FC and do my level 1 and 2 coaching badges there, I’m also looking for a club to play for next season.”

The trust have also bought Tom a pair of football boots

From all of us at Broken Films we wish Tom the very best of luck and hope this encourages others to follow there dreams.

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Rough sleeping goes up 13 per cent in London in figures released just now

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The number of rough sleepers in London has gone up 13 per cent in the past year, according to statistics commissioned by the Greater London Authority and local authorities.

Homelessness charity Broadway released figures today Thursday 20th June 2013 showing the number of people seen sleeping on the streets of the capital between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013 was 6,437 compared to 5,678 the previous year.

Just over half of those seen rough sleeping were non-UK nationals (53 per cent). Twenty-eight per cent of these were from central and eastern Europe.

75 per cent of new rough sleepers to the streets – 3,255 out of 4,353 –  were only seen sleeping rough once. This was an improvement on 2011/12 when 70 per cent of new comers to the street were seen sleeping out for more than one night and 62 per cent in 2010/11, This could be attributed to the success of the no second night out scheme, that has now been running for two years and aims to stop new people to the streets spending a second night there. Fifty-one per cent of new rough sleepers to the streets attended NSNO, the Street to Home 2012/13 report shows.

The rise in rough sleeping is obviously concerning. London is leading the way in terms of finding and helping new rough sleepers. However, these figures underline the need to better target effective advice and support before individuals end up on the streets of the capital.’

The figures also revealed that 12 per cent of those sleeping rough in London over the past year were female (786) and three per cent (145) of the UK nationals on the streets were known to have served in the armed forces at some point.

Crisis says that Boris Johnson must act now to rein in soaring rough sleeping in the mayor’s city.

Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said today on the homeless website: “The mayor of London pledged to eliminate rough sleeping in the capital by 2012. Instead we see today the number of people sleeping on London’s streets – in absolute destitution in one of the world’s richest cities – has more than doubled on Boris’s watch.

“He has the power to build tens of thousands more genuinely affordable homes and can protect services that prevent and solve homelessness, plus the clout to influence central government to reverse housing benefit cuts that have proved so damaging and are directly causing Londoners to fall into homelessness and rough sleeping. Continuing failure to do so will lead to more of his citizens facing the horrors of life on the streets.”

This latest rise in rough sleeping comes at a time when services to prevent and solve homelessness are suffering swingeing cuts from central and local government. Between 2011 and 2012 alone, 12 hostels or day centres have closed in London. There are 784 fewer bed spaces, with 58 per cent  of projects in London reporting reductions in funding and further cuts to come.

To make matters worse for poorer Londoners, government statistics show that rents in the capital for 2012/13 are up 8.6 per cent on the year before. Across the capital the lowest rents rose by 10.4 per cent and in inner London the price of renting the cheapest properties went up by 16.3 per cent.

Housing benefit has been cut and capped. Previous research for Crisis highlighted how in one London borough, just 1.7% of properties were affordable and available for an under 35 year old on housing benefit looking for a room to rent.

Single people end up sleeping rough as London’s boroughs only have to help those who meet strict criteria under the homelessness legislation. While some boroughs do help other single people, these services are under pressure or being cut back and many boroughs turn single people away with little or no assistance, leaving them with little option but to sleep rough or get by on friends’ or families’ floors or in squats.

The Street to Home report is compiled by Broadway from figures gathered by London outreach teams from the Combined Homelessness and Information Network. Eighty projects contribute to the CHAIN database, which holds comprehensive data on rough sleeping and the street population in London.

Read about what one man is doing to raise awareness for the homeless problem in the UK while raising money for ‘Help the Heroes’

Former soldier Christian is walking the entire UK coast line and you can see a little more about him when producer Johnny Lynch.caught up with him as he journey brought him through Norfolk earlier this month where a documentary filmed will be available soon.

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Homeless people being forced to live in caves

What is wrong with this countries government I ask when homeless people are being forced to live in caves as the UK’s housing crisis continues to spiral out of control.

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An investigation has found people living in one of the worst hit areas of the UK for homelessness are using a network of sandstone caves to live in.

In Stockport, which has seen an increase of 42 per cent in the number of people unable to put a roof over their heads in the last year, up to four people at a time have been sleeping rough in the secret warren – perched on a 20ft precipice overhanging the Mersey – just yards from public view.

The caves are currently being used by the homeless including an Estonian man, who arrived a few weeks ago from the West Midlands.

But local shelter the Wellspring say they have been used by many others with nowhere else to go. The charity’s project manager, Jonathan Billings, says the number of people turning up each day for support has soared from around 60 or 70 to around 140 in the last three years.

He said there has been a particular surge in more middle class, affluent people who worked for years only to suddenly lose everything in the downturn. There has also been a marked rise in the number of homeless Eastern Europeans.

When will our government understand this is happening to not only immigrants but to people who are born and paid taxes for most of there life in the UK.


Cathy Come or Leave Home



In the 60’s the Documentary Drama “Cathy Come Home” had a massive affect on public perception of the then vile Housing Market and rogue Landlords.

It was mentioned in Parliament in the 1960’s and helped instigate major changes including the start up of several homeless charities including ‘Crisis’ and ‘Shelter’ which are the lifeline for so many of our UK’s most vulnerable people and the sad fact is that it’s shocking we should still need them today in 21st century Britain. Now in 2013 the Conservatives have forced through parliament the ‘Bedroom Tax – this will create many more VICTIMS just like Cathy.

* Who will be affected?

This change affects council tenants, and those who rent from housing associations.

* How much will people lose?

If tenants are deemed to have one spare room, they will lose 14% of their benefit. If they have two or more spare rooms, they will lose 25%.

* How many bedrooms are you allowed?

The new rules allow one bedroom for each adult or couple. Children under the age of 16 are expected to share, if they are the same gender. Those under 10 are expected to share whatever their gender.

Disabled tenants will be allowed a bedroom for full-time carers ONLY. The number of bedrooms in the property will be determined by the landlord’s tenancy agreement, so you cannot claim a bedroom is actually a living room.

* Can I keep a spare bedroom?

NOT without losing benefit. Parents who are separated are not allowed to keep a vacant bedroom for a child who visits. Foster children are not counted as permanent members of a household.

* What about students?

From April, parents will not be penalised if a student is away, as long as he or she sleeps at home for at least two weeks a year. But when universal credit comes in from this autumn, students will need to be at home for at least six months to avoid a benefit cut.

My own film ‘Homelessness’ is also inspired by the Ken Loach film ‘Cathy Come Home’ and today I met up with a homeless person who told me while chatting for about an hour about his love for the arts and discussed the difference between performance an appearing on stage and acting in film. I sat down with him for a while as we continued our conversation and appears on checking him out while I sat there he was genuine and had indeed had credits for both. He was given a few pence and a few pound coins from passers-by who inquisitively looked down towards where we was sitting, me dressed in my suit and him in his dishevelled clothes but where as yesterday when I talked and chatted with a homeless person and I gave my pocket change today I left him with something which I think he liked a little more. On hearing throughout our conversation he loved performing in theatre more but still loved acting in film, i gave him a piece of paper and said ‘Thats my number and to ring me cause i just cast you and now he has a part in my ‘Homelessness’ film.

There are many reasons one can become homeless so don’t judge, listen and you maybe able to give them something more than what money can buy.
Hope your all safe. Take care.

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36 councils call on government to abolish bedroom tax

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Councillors representing 36 local authorities have urged the government to abolish its controversial bedroom tax policy.

At a special summit held at Manchester Town Hall last week, Labour councillors representing Bradford, Bristol, Cambridge, Birmingham, Nottingham and 31 other cities outlined the damage they believe is being caused by the under-occupancy policy.

Officials expressed concerns about families being forced to leave their homes, people getting into negative debt cycles, more people being forced into private rented accommodation – forcing benefit bills up – and the impact on local economies.

The participating councils also agreed to work with housing organisations on a set of interventions to support residents who get into financial difficulty as a result of the government’s changes to housing benefit.

A detailed report on the meeting’s findings will be sent to the government in the coming weeks.

The bedroom tax has been a disaster and is causing real hardship for families across the country. It is vital that the government repeals it now. It will not contribute to deficit reduction, it will send families into debt cycles and it is causing unnecessary stress to some of the most vulnerable in our society.

We urge anyone who finds themself in financial trouble because of the bedroom tax to talk to their landlord – from housing advice, managing finances or helping with a move – they are there to help.

The government needs to scrap this tax now and talk to local councils about more effective ways of reducing the social security bill.

The councils that participated in the summit were: Bassetlaw, Birmingham, Blackburn with Darwin, Bolsover, Bolton, Bradford, Bristol, Bury, Calderdale, Cambridge, Camden, Doncaster, Dudley, High Peak, Hyndburn, Kirklees, Knowsley, Lancashire, Leeds, Lewisham, Liverpool, Manchester, North East Derbyshire, North Warwickshire, Norwich, Nottingham, Oldham, Oxford, Preston, Rochdale, Rossendale, Stockport, Telford & Wrekin, Wakefield, Wolverhampton and York.

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Homelessness in the UK reaches eight year high according to newly released statistics

We feature the capital with views from homeless charity Crisis

Some 912 families were declared homeless during the last financial year, the highest figure since 2004/05.

Homelessness increased 6.36 per cent last year and has risen 177.3 per cent in little under a decade.

Nearly 200 families are living in temporary bed and breakfast accommodation. One in four has been placed there longer than the legal limit of six weeks.

Croydon Council where I worked over the last bank holiday in the food bank has previously predicted the borough’s housing “crisis” would peak at 1,030 households being made homeless by 2014/15.

Its estimate of 897 acceptances in 2012/13 fell 9 per cent short of the government statistics published yesterday (Thursday).


Only Waltham Forest (1,045) has more homeless families in London than Croydon.

Some progress appears to have been made in reducing the number of families in shared B&Bs, which dropped from 214 in March 2012 to 189 at the same point this year.

However, the number of households in all forms of temporary housing and the total amount of homeless decisions, including those rejected because they were deemed to be intentionally destitute, has hit a seven year high.

Across London homelessness increased 16 per cent in the last year with charity Crisis calling on the government to build more affordable houses.

Figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 14,812 households were accepted as homeless by councils in 2012/13.

Croydon families make up 15.7 per cent of London’s homeless families.

There are around 40,230 households in temporary accommodation in the capital, an increase of 9.5 per cent, including 2,290 families living in B&Bs.

Private tenancies coming to an end is one of the biggest causes of homelessness in London, with a 75 per cent increase in this factor last year.


In January Jon Rouse, then council chief executive, admitted that Croydon faced a housing crisis which would “get worse before it got better”.

He added that the benefits cap, introduced in April, would affect 800 families and increase homelessness.

In response the council launched a housing task force, focused on reducing the number of households in B&Bs for more than six weeks.

It also plans to build 42 new homes, convert redundant council buildings, such as former children’s homes, into flats and bring empty properties back into use.

In total 2,879 households declared themselves homeless to Croydon Council last year, of which 186 were in priority need but were not housed because their situation was deemed “intentional”.

Leslie Morphy, chief executive of the homeless charity Crisis, called for more investment in building new homes.

“This rising tide of homelessness is a direct result of cuts to housing benefit at a time when there is chronic lack of affordable housing and rents are rising, nowhere more so than London.

“Ministers can and must do more,” she said.

“Their immediate priorities should be to use the spending review to rein in the destructive welfare cuts they have made and focus on building the genuinely more affordable homes Britain needs.

“With more cuts to housing benefit kicking in, we can sadly only expect things to get worse.”


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We need a Royal & Prince William shows off Table Tennis skills while visiting homeless Charity last week

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Prince William made the most out of his private visit to a homeless charity last week.

As patron of the organization, the royal stopped by one of Centrepoint Charity’s central London hostels to meet with staff and learn about the facility and its needs, as well as getting in a quick game of table tennis and a plate of flapjacks.

HRH Prince William

A casually dressed Prince William stopped and chatted with many of the charity’s residents, including the Centrepoint Parliament and Fully Focused, a group of younger adults who were taught the art of filmmaking. The dad-to-be also made a stop at the kitchen (where residents are taught how to cook on a budget and the importance of nutrition) to try some flapjacks and homemade smoothies, and proceeded to hit up the ping-pong table outside.

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Last year I did my own walk to bring awareness for homelessness for Crisis. This is the view from Crisis on todays stats released from Government.

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A 16 per cent increase in homelessness in London over the last year, means the government must use this month’s Spending Review to build more affordable houses and stop and reverse cuts, particularly to housing benefit, warns Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people.

Figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) show that 14,812 households in the capital were accepted as homeless by their local council in the 2012/2013 financial year – an increase of 16 per cent on last year, substantially higher than the 6 per cent rise across England. It is the third consecutive year that homelessness has risen in London and over the three years homelessness acceptances have increased by 57 per cent.

Also in London in 2012/13:

  • There are 40,230 households in temporary accommodation, 9.5 per cent more than at the same point last year
  • There are 2,290 homeless households living in B&Bs, a 22 per cent increase on the same time last year. 51 per cent of all households placed in B&Bs in England are in London.
  • One of the biggest drivers of the increase in homelessness has been private tenancies coming to an end, as rents rise and cuts to housing benefit come in. Since last year there has been a 75 per cent increase in those made homeless because of the ending of a private tenancy in London
  • The ending of a private tenancy is now the leading cause of homelessness in the capital, accounting for 28 per cent of all those accepted as homeless.
  • In some outer London boroughs the rises in homelessness have been severe:
  • In Barking and Dagenham 664 households were accepted as homeless in 2012/13, up 234 per cent on the year before
  • In Newham 720 households were accepted as homeless in 2012/13, up 190 per cent on the year before
  • In Enfield 551 households were accepted as homeless in 2012/13, up 115 per cent on the year before

The homelessness figures follow statistics last week from the government’s Valuation Office Agency2 showing that London rents for 2012/13 are up 8.6 per cent on the year before, with relatively cheaper properties rising faster. Across the capital the lower quartile of rents rose by 10.4 per cent and in inner London the price of renting the cheapest properties went up by 16.3 per cent.

Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: “This rising tide of homelessness is a direct result of cuts to housing benefit at a time when there is a chronic lack of affordable housing and rents are rising, nowhere more so than London. Ministers can and must do more. Their immediate priorities should be to use the spending review to rein in the destructive welfare cuts they have made and focus instead on building the genuinely affordable homes Britain needs.

“These figures are a tragedy for the tens of thousands of people made homeless during the last year, but they are bad for us all. It makes more sense and is more cost-effective to help people stay in their homes than spend far more money on temporary accommodation or support once people become homeless. With more cuts to housing benefit kicking in we can sadly only expect things to get worse”

Independent research clearly showed that cuts to housing benefit3 would cause homelessness and today’s statistics reflect this. Temporary accommodation costs far more to the taxpayer than keeping a family in their own home. Recent reports from London include the story of a family receiving £700 a week in housing benefit made homeless due to cuts, only to be put in £2,500 a week temporary accommodation.

DCLG’s figures only cover households that have met strict criteria for help. Many single homeless people will not be recorded in these figures, nor people who have not gone to their local council for help. People living on the streets, in squats or on friends’ or families’ floors will likewise not be included in today’s statistics.