I recently came across a homeless man passed out outside a station. Myself and 2 other ladies who initially found the man decided to assist him. I chatted to him while they between them brought him food and water.
This man was literally lying on the pavement. The reason he was so lethargic was because he hadn't eaten in 4 days.
I tried, on my way home to call 3 homeless charities. One of them was difficult to convince to provide assistance as apparently I had to prove he was sleeping there so it had to be dark. Well my argument is that everyone goes to bed at different times so regardless of the fact it was early evening he was still actually sleeping there so I still think he deserves assistance.
One charity was only open Monday to Friday and had no facility to leave a message or email and the third kept ringing until an automated message said no one was there and my call was disconnected.
Do not misunderstand me. I know that charities are stretched to the max in resources but it seems crazy to me that to get a homeless person off the street, they have to pay £5 per day for a bed and that a lot of the help available requires you to have a phone or email to use.
I researched one place and it literally said that it was full but they can add themselves to a waiting list. So a homeless person with no money, no phone and barely any possessions is supposed to contact them how?
The reason why I start this discussion is because I actually think homelessness is getting worse and seeing people literally step over an unconscious man int he street made my blood boil.
I also know that not everyone in the street is homeless. Some have a place and are professional beggars so one does have to be careful. I know also some are addicts but even if they are an addict, are they any less deserving of support and assistance?
I do not want any nasty or negative comments on this. I just feel like a constructive discussion is long over due.