Housing

The Dying Homeless project has been taken over by the Museum of Homelessness

The pioneering count was kicked off by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism but they have now passed on the torch after inspiring the ONS to follow suit

Fabian Bayet Milton Keynes

The groundbreaking Dying Homeless project will be managed by the Museum of Homelessness (MoH) from today after the project took over the count started by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Starting in October 2017, the Bureau called on homelessness charities, organisations and local journalists (as well as The Big Issue), counting 796 people who died on the streets, in temporary accommodation or hostels in the last 18 months.

The project had such a big impact that the Office for National Statistics did their own official count, marking an important milestone in affording vulnerable people who die in these tragic circumstances the dignity afforded to the rest of us.

But even though the Bureau managed to achieve the change originally sought at the beginning of the project, it does not end here.

Now the Bureau is moving on to other investigations, the Museum of Homelessness is taking over as custodian of the project and will be carrying on the count.

MoH has already strived to preserve and share stories, art and culture of homelessness in the UK and do the same for the stories of people already counted.

That includes Big Issue vendors Istvan Kakas, Fabian Bayet and more.

To let MoH know of any homeless people who have died since October 2017, fill in the form here.

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