No progress on home­less­ness

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Your Say -

I wrote a let­ter last year about home­less­ness and sleep­ing rough in Lon­don and in Hilling­don.

The rea­son for this sec­ond let­ter is that there is no progress.

Mostly men are sleep­ing rough. But now whole fam­i­lies are with­out a home or, at least, some­where to live. Three thou­sand are sleep­ing rough on the streets of Lon­don crows the BBC head­lines.

The Mayor of Lon­don is dou­bling his Out­reach team. There is a 20% rise in home­less­ness since 2017.

We are all hu­man be­ings. Home­less peo­ple don’t want to be liv­ing on the streets.

It is not a tele­vi­sion re­al­ity show or Bear Grylls ex­er­cise in see­ing how long peo­ple can sur­vive ex­treme weather con­di­tions or a hunger strike. It is real and bru­tal.

There are so many rea­sons why sin­gle peo­ple find them­selves on the streets or why fam­i­lies end up home­less. These in­clude: men­tal health, drug and al­co­hol prob­lems, vi­o­lence, lack of a job or af­ford­able so­cial hous­ing and Uni­ver­sal credit pay­ments that do not cover rents and hence lead to more evic­tions from prop­er­ties.

The Guardian es­ti­mates 440 peo­ple have died on the streets in the UK this past year. In Hilling­don the char­ity Trin­ity has said rough sleep­ing has risen 134% since 2017.

Since 2015 there has been a 27% rise in the num­ber of peo­ple re­turn­ing to rough sleep­ing.

Hilling­don coun­cil op­er­ates a home­less shel­ter and un­der Hous­ing Act reg­u­la­tions of­fers sup­port and ad­vice 24 hours a day seven days a week to those threat­ened with home­less­ness.

Hilling­don Trin­ity be­lieves ‘home­less peo­ple are in­vis­i­ble.’ Home­less­ness is an ugly, de­press­ing con­stant in our lo­cal­ity and na­tion­wide. Please con­tact The Sal­va­tion Army, St.Mungo’s Cri­sis and Trin­ity who are de­ter­mined to erad­i­cate home­less­ness through rais­ing money and aware­ness.

Theresa May has pledged £1.2 bil­lion un­der the Home­less­ness Re­duc­tion Act to halve home­less­ness by 2022 and elim­i­nate it by 2027. It is hoped that money and an un­der­stand­ing of why home­less­ness hap­pens runs hand in hand.

Give gen­er­ously for Peo­ple on card­board beds, un­fed, un­der the radar, un­der­nour­ished and ill, no warm du­vet, to­day, no real chance to shine un­der the cloud.

Ev­ery­one de­serves their fill of light and should be sun­ray bright and proud.

Sources: BBC, Bu­reau of In­vestiPRESUMABLY gative Jour­nal­ism, cri­, Get West, Guardian, hilling­ uk,mun­, sal­va­tion­army., weare­trin­ Ian Herne Hilling­don


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