Ending Homelessness

We are the sixth richest nation in the world, yet according to Government-collated local authority figures, we have almost 5,000 people sleeping out on the streets. Across the West Midlands, the number of people rough sleeping increased by 42% between 2017 and 2018. Since 2010, the number of households in temporary accommodation due to homelessness has steadily increased from 48,000 to just shy of 85,000. This is a staggering number which has grown consistently year upon year. It is an absolute travesty that, in a developed country, levels of homelessness and dependence upon food banks are rising. Over 120,000 children do not have a home to call their own. These numbers of course only tell part of the story, given that those staying with friends or sofa surfing will not be included. Out on the door step and at our street stalls, this issue comes up a lot. It is …

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