Provide better care for UK homeless
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More than 300,000 people in Britain alone are currently officially recorded as homeless, with London having the highest statistics of 1 in every 59 people. No doubt however, there is many more unrecorded cases of people suffering this injustice everyday, having nowhere to go yet are not recognised as being in need of housing assistance.
This lack of understanding and empathy for this extremely vulnerable minority group is deeply worrying. The government has recently brought into sight a 'homeless reduction act' which attempts to help those who are homeless in the shot-term but this is not nearly enough to truly impact and change the lives of those living on our streets for good. We need to establish support with long-term, permanent effects. There is much more we could still do to offer our genuine support to those struggling.
Firstly, I believe the access to free sanitary protection for homeless women such as tampons and sanitary towels should be funded. When given the choice between food or hygiene, many are forced to go without. This should not be the case. However, with lack of government funding its the harsh reality of women sleeping rough everyday.
Access to clean water, food, shelter and medical needs, must have a clearer and more thorough way of acsess, including support for the overwhelming proportion of the homeless population suffering from mental illness and social isolation. Many charietes and organisations are working to help ensure this but so many people cannot get into shelters and are still spending their days and nights hungry, and with no roof over their heads. More needs to be done to ensure the basic nessesities of people living on the streets are met.
With 8 out of 10 homeless people reporting having been subject to some form of attack it the last year, we must do more to support the homeless population suffering regular violence. This is why it is so crucial we supply both permanent and adequate accommodation for rough sleepers and not turn away those in need.
Lastly, the use of homeless spikes is unethical and unfriendly way of dealing with the most vunerable, these have no place in our towns and cities. They're beyond unsympathetic and dehuminising.
We cannot continue to ignore and disregard the lives, deaths and suffering of those around us.
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