March For The Homeless 2015

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M = March for the Homeless 2015

It’s fortuitous that the letter M landed on this day, so today I’ll be giving a few personal views and this will mostly contain summarised information from CRISIS images37

It’s no secret that homelessness in the UK has reached a point where it can no longer be ignored and there is a huge need to put into place legislation to not decrease numbers but also to create affordable housing within the UK.

It’s no secret that homelessness in the UK has reached a point where it can no longer be ignored and there is a huge need to put into place legislation to not decrease numbers but also to create affordable housing within the UK.

Within the last five years of coalition government we have seen massive changes within the benefits system, I agree that benefits should not be a lifestyle, however the services have been decimated to such a degree that it’s creating homelessness and poverty right across the social strata.

index11The numbers don’t lie even if the government do, those who sleep rough are increasing, especially with the young, who are vulnerable to sexual assaults, drug/alcohol misuse, there is also the question of the hidden homeless, whose numbers can only be estimated, however the fact remains homelessness is a problems of our times and has a huge impact on society as a whole.

images33It has been said that were all only two pay checks from being homeless, I think this is true and it can happen that is the reality of the times were living in, and apparently were all in it together according to our ubiquitous Prime Minister, therefore further cuts to those already marginalised by society and government will not help the problem.

The poverty trap that many find themselves in is also on the rise, even with families with both adults working, they are find it tough to make ends meet and are becoming the biggest users of Food Banks1822408744_britain isnt eating.jpg, the very idea that people are starving in the UK beggars belief, outrageous state of affairs whilst those from the party of family values(All parties actually) keep cutting and cutting, to keep the poor poorer, what kind of message are we sending out to the global community when our streets are littered with the homeless, it’s a disgrace it’s like something out of Dickens, the difference being we don’t send kids up the chimneys we just allow them to be homeless and starve, what next will workhouses be brought back.

homeless-myths3I’ve summarised  some facts here from CRISIS the link at the beginning of the post

Consequences of Homelessness

1. Damages people’s capabilities through loss of skills

2. Inability to think about employment whilst worrying about housing(if you don’t have an address or bank account it’s very difficult to find employers who will pay you in cash)

3. Health becoming impaired through homelessness(most homeless are not even registered with a GP, and tend to use emergency services, however often more serious illnesses go undetected and untreated.

4. Homelessness damages people’s resilience, self-confidence and self-esteem(there is much stigma to being homeless, and they tend to live on the edges of society)

5. One in four ex homeless find themselves unable to sustain a tenancy, loneliness and isolation being the main factors, this is compounded by lack of choices as to where you can live(affordability  often governs where you live and will often take you away from the community in which you lived previously.

6. On average homeless people die at 47, 30 years before the national average of 77, homeless women die at 43 according to national averages.

7. Poor physical or mental health along with dependency issues are problems for the entire homeless population, whether you sleep rough, in a shelter/hostel or in overcrowded temporary accommodation.

8. 70% of clients of homelessness services have mental health needs.

9. 60% of homeless people have low or no qualifications, therefore putting %80 of job vacancies beyond their reach( and if they don’t seek work they don’t receive benefits or are sanctioned, they do train you but most of it is online, homeless or those poverty-stricken don’t have access to computers.

10, Those who do have qualifications and have had successful jobs/businesses, find that the experience of homelessness itself de-skills, isolates destroying self-confidence and social ties, (this a particularly harsh form of  stigma, because it’s not expected from you, you are treated differently and almost blamed by those trying to help, they want to assist the obviously suffering, still missing the point homeless is across the social scale.

I wish everybody in the 22 countries good luck today and for giving those who are homeless a voice.

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About therabbitholez

I returned to this blog in September 2014, after a 2 year absence, due to depressive illness and homelessness. This journey charts the rocky road to recovery and my feelings about it, and getting a home together after losing everything, this too has been a rocky rocky, both things connected on many levels, but separate at the same time. If you want to know more please read my blog:) and comment on any blog you like I enjoy the interaction, and belong to a great community on here. Thanks for reading.:)
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6 Responses to March For The Homeless 2015

  1. I did some research on the 2015 March for the Homeless, and was pleased to learn that Canada is also participating. Thank you for your voice.

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    • Fantastic some 22 countries around the world took part, from what I’ve read so far it’s been a success, lets hope all our respective governments listen.

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  2. AVoice says:

    I am from India where this problem is so rampant among the poor that it’s futile to even discuss it. However reading your posts gives a sense that it could happen to anyone, even in developed countries. It happened to my family when we lost our home in a fire. Now we live in a rented place; but to not have a place called ‘home’, one has to live through it to understand it.
    Thank you for talking about it 🙂

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    • Even in developed countries the problem is growing, so much so, that the numbers will keep increasing, subject to the many government cuts to essential services.

      This is creating an underclass in the UK, and it would appear that homelessness will be a concern for all sectors of the community.

      I try to bring awareness, not only because of my own situation but because it is something we should all be thinking and talking about.

      Sorry you lost your family home, and I understand about having a place to call home.

      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  3. Tessa says:

    Even the “mighty” USA has homeless people everywhere and they are trying to make things so they can’t live “rough” as you call it. People can’t eat. We throw out so much food at the factories it isn’t funny, but they are not allowed to give it away. It must be trashed by law. Hell even I had to use the food bank for several months. I felt weird.

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    • We have the same issues with waste it runs into millions the amount of food thrown away each day it’s obscene.

      Huge efforts are being made to stem the tide of homelessness, in the countries we live in US and UK, it shouldn’t be so widespread, but it is, and sadly the homeless are largely forgotten by society as a whole.

      Thanks for your comment:)

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