The Tip Off
The Tip Off
Dec 11, 2020
Ep.49 Making them count
Play • 28 min

In late winter 2017 I was struck with what I thought was a simple question… how many people were dying while homeless? It turned out nobody knew the answer - so I set out, with colleagues around the country, to find out. 

In this episode I dissect one of my own investigations, focusing on the reporting process around one man’s death. 

I go deeper and tell more of these stories in my new book No Fixed Abode: Life and Death Among the UK's Forgotten Homeless. The book is on sale now in hardback and audiobook form. 

The project has now been taken over by Museum of Homelessness, you can read and support their work, or let them know of any deaths, here: 

If you want to support organisations working with and for those experiencing homelessness, you might look at:

Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

Theme music: Dice Muse


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