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Times 2 70p www.timesonline.co.uk/ 11/12/2008 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Homelessness A report by Louise Bain Myths & Facts about Homelessness Homeless people not only suffer from the hardship of their condition, but also must deal with the alienation and discrimination brought about by the myths and stereotypes about homelessness. What follows are some of the myths and the realities about homelessness. Definition of homelessness: Homelessness is the condition and social category of people who lack housing, because they cannot afford, or are otherwise unable to maintain, regular, safe, and adequate shelter. Homelessness, lack of secure accommodation or a settled lifestyle are major barriers to finding stable employment. Most homeless people, therefore, are dependent on welfare benefits. Apart from winter shelters, almost all hostels require residents to pay rent. In most cases this is met through Housing Benefit which is only available to people who are unemployed or on low incomes. Restrictions in recent years to the eligibility for various benefits have presented particular difficulties with accessing accommodation for young people, students and people from abroad. ...read more.

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The homeless are found not only in cities, but also in small towns, rural areas and affluent suburbs. Many homeless people have completed high school; some have attended college and even graduate school. Can I claim benefits? If you are homeless, you are still entitled to claim benefits Depending on your circumstances, you may also be able to apply for a grant or loan from the Social Fund. Your chances of getting one will depend on your situation and the amount of money in the benefit budget. Phone number 0808 800 4444 Myth Fact Establishing services for homeless people will cause homeless people from all around to migrate to a city Homeless people who move to new areas do so because they are searching for work, have family in the area, or for other reasons not related to services. A recent study found that 75% of homeless people are still living in the city in which they became homeless. Homeless people are a fixed population who are usually homeless for long periods of time. ...read more.

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One percent may need long-term hospitalization. They're to blame for being homeless. Most homeless people are victims. Some have suffered from child abuse or violence. Nearly one quarter are children. Many have lost their jobs. They are dangerous and they break the law. In general, the homeless are among the least threatening group in our society and are more likely to be victims of crime. Although they are more likely to commit non-violent and non-destructive crimes, they are less likely to commit crimes against person or property. Charitable groups will take care of the homeless. The growth of homelessness has far exceeded the capacity of charitable groups. Homelessness is a societal problem that requires a partnership between private charities and the government, with active public support. Can I claim benefits? If you are homeless, you are still entitled to claim benefits Depending on your circumstances, you may also be able to apply for a grant or loan from the Social Fund. Your chances of getting one will depend on your situation and the amount of money in the benefit budget. Phone number 0808 800 4444 ...read more.

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