The number of people expected to be homeless is going to more than double by 200,000 by the year 2041. Imagine, one day your whole world is turned upside down. You have no one. No one except the cold outside, and the brisk wind on your back. Scary, isn’t it?
With the population having such a jaded view of homelessness, part of the reason why they end up homeless is from problems out of their own control.
Every homeless person has a different story, there can be no greater cruelty in this country than homelessness. If only the whole population contributed to keeping people off the streets, it would be a mere issue.
A little help can mean the world to them. We have one emotive account from a rough sleeper in Newcastle-Under-Lyme City Centre who asked not to be named or photographed.
“My mother died when I was 18 years old, I didn’t know my father, I have been alone ever since. No money, and had no one to turn to.
“I have no other family, no one to turn to. The only way I get fed is by the kindness of other people, Soup Kitchens and the Salvation Army.
“I just walk and see where it gets me.
“I shall admit, it has toughened me up over the last few months. However, when people look at me like I’m nothing, it just sets in in stone for me that I am, I am worth nothing at all.
“My tent has been set on fire, and I’ve been spat at in the street.
“I’ll admit in those dark times, drugs were the only answer.”
How awful must it feel to have to resort to drugs to feel some sort of feeling? Spare a thought. You can make a small, but effective difference.
It doesn’t matter how they ended up on the streets, that is not our business. Even if you’re strapped for money and all you can offer is a few kind words as you pass them in the street, please give those freely. It’ll cost you nothing and will brighten their day.
If you know anyone who needs help, here are some helpful links: