Charities doing their best as mp calls for ambitious policy
A spokesman for homeless charity Porchlight said: “Almost half of the people we help on the streets have a mental health need.
“Sometimes their homelessness was a result of struggling with mental ill-health and being unable to get the support they needed. In other cases, they don’t realise they have a mental health need but we can recognise the signs and help them get a diagnosis which will put them on the path to escaping the streets. This support continues in our hostels and shared housing.
“We use a psychologically informed approach to help people develop a greater understanding of their behaviour and relationships with others, and to regain their independence.”
MP Rosie Duffield said: “I am appalled by the number of individuals and families I have already met who have been made homeless and deserve the help of both the city and the state to make a fresh start.
“Excellent charities such as Catching Lives work hard to help those on the streets but we need to think bigger.
“We need an ambitious policy for social and council housing; we need a roll out of more council-backed rent guarantee and bond schemes and we need to stop the huge inflation of rents by greedy landlords.
“Truly affordable housing needs to be built in Canterbury and the many new developments planned that are simply out of reach of those most in need.”