In this modern age of microwaves, selfies and automatic vacuum cleaners it’s really daunting and worrying to think that Homelessness is still a massive problem in each city in England.
Obviously I know this is a problem everywhere but for the purpose of this post I am only focusing on England.
In statistics released at the end of 2017 it was estimated that 4751 people were homeless and sleeping rough across the country which was a 15% rise on the year before.
Which begs the question – how? I’ve got an app on my phone that can control the TV. An app that can pay for parking and another that can order pizza but still as a human race, as a society and as morally good people we still have people sleeping rough on the streets.
Who decided that focus and money should be spent on improving my laziness instead of helping another life that is suffering.
I don’t need to be able to use my phone to control the TV. Heck the TV gave me a remote and still there are buttons on the side. But homeless people need shelter, warmth and food.
This post came to life last night when my GF and I went to the Cinema and then for food at the Xcape Arena in Milton Keynes. If you know the area or the place you will know that MK really struggles with homelessness. So we stepped out side and instantly there is 4 homeless people in sight. One is asking another couple for change. One is wrapped in blankets on the floor asleep. One is talking to someone on the phone and the final one is picking cigarette butts out the ash bin on the way.
It’s overwhelming to see and in fairness I have mixed feelings on a few of these activities they are doing.
But that’s for later. So we walked to the car and we could see an underpass with half the walk way housing tents and then a group of like 10 or 12 people stood or sat in the middle.
The picture doesn’t do it justice but I couldn’t waltz in a snap away.
This sparked a conversation with my GF as she pointed out the underpass. She openly admitted and started with the statement “I’d be scared to walk through there alone, wouldn’t you?”
To which I replied. “I would walk through but yeah I understand what you mean and I would feel uneasy”
She then added how it was intimidating and if she was alone who knows what could happen. Which is what made me think. How many people out there would be scared of this situation? In a country where we are meant to be free, meant to have a say and a right. Are meant to feel safe against threats both domestic and foreign but when it comes to it a group of homeless people bring the same fear as a gunman, criminal or terrorist.
And before the haters and trolls jump out the wood work I am by no means liking Dancing Fred to Bin Laden. Merely highlighting the fact that in this situation they both instill a fear amongst the public.
So now I am fully aware we live in a world where my GF feels scared – which is something I never want to see. No one should live in fear or potential fear – especially not a loved one.
But how can we over come this? The homelessness needs to be addressed and taken more seriously. Government flush a bit of money at the problem and hope it goes away. I say a bit of money last October the MK council approved an extra £871k along with allocated funds to tackle the problem.
That is a lot of money only to witness a 15% rise over the country on the year before. Which suggests whatever they are doing isn’t working. Or isn’t showing signs of working at the moment.
I also know a lot more detail goes into the statistics of the homeless. Including substance abuse, mental health issues and crime but this post was already sounding too strong I didn’t want to tip it over the edge and make it sound like something else.
Helping not Hating.
Campaign slogan just there guys you heard it here first. I want to remove the problem and solve it rather than ignore and move it. For the future, for my family and for my GF.
I wish I could end this post with an answer. A solution and a way to tackle homelessness but I can’t. I have ideas but without more thought and research I couldn’t possibly say how realistic or plausible they could be. But it’s something I am going to look into and see where it takes us.