Saturday 18 August 2018

The homeless need care all the time, not just when a storm hits

Homeless people should not be denied basic rights. Photo: Douglas O'Connor.
Homeless people should not be denied basic rights. Photo: Douglas O'Connor.
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

There has been a lot of talk recently about "the homeless" or "the rough sleepers", and at first I thought this was good sign. We are becoming more aware, I thought. But using labels and numbers and statistics over and over again has done nothing but normalise the situation.

There has been far too much talk and not enough action by the Government and it has been left to volunteer groups to provide support and to plaster up the wounds while we wait for our Government to produce a plan.

I am saddened and maddened this morning to wake up to the news of another death of a rough sleeper in our city. Whilst we need labels to describe and to classify the group that we are talking about, let's not forget that behind these labels and numbers are real people, people with names, people just like you or me.

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