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Discussing Homelessness.

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Homelessness Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to begin by telling you a little story. Everyday, on my way to work, I come across this smart and neat young man selling the Big Issue. I never pay much attention to him and in fact would rather he wasn't there at all making me think about all those people in the UK who, like him, are homeless. How many of you have ever felt that same way? Most of us try to ignore these people living in the streets who are forced to beg for money as if that solved the problem and made them disappear. But it doesn't. So thinking about this, one day, I decided to help this young man and buy the Big Issue from him. That day I arrived late to work because I had spent so much time speaking with Matt who turned out to have been at college with me, we were in the same class! His story after college, however, was quite different to mine. ...read more.


Until he found a job at the Big Issue which was "a ray of hope in the middle of that dark misery". As I listened to his story I found myself wondering how many Matt's were there in the UK? How many other people had lost their homes and found themselves begging, selling magazines or just stumbling from one street corner to the next? How many of them could be someone like me? Government statistics talk about hundreds of thousands but in actual fact, they only include people who have applied to local authorities for help - usually families with children and especially vulnerable people. This means that people like Matt are not included in these figures and they represent 40% of homeless people. Homelessness includes all sorts of people, from those who are literally roofless to those who are forced to live in places such as bed and breakfast hotels, hostels, women's refuges, squats, friends or relatives floors, etc and may also include women with no option but to remain in abusive or maltreating situations. ...read more.


The growth in single households is another factor that has helped the problem of homelessness increase as it means that less people can be accommodated in one household. I urge you to take action and action now to solve these problems that affect so many people in our country. Donate some of your time and money. It just takes a little goodwill to make things better for these people who, for some reason or another, have found themselves living in inhuman conditions that nobody should ever have to suffer. These problems could affect anyone of us anytime. Each and every one of us could become Matt if we don't take action. Cities such as Leeds or London where money is in the air have their own Cardboard Cities where misery is in the air. The only thing we need to do to make them disappear is stop ignoring them, pretending they are invisible and that we can't see them. We need to take action, build households for people on low incomes and create jobs for all those qualified people out there who are living under a cardboard box. By: Alejandra Garrido ...read more.

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