Homelessness

I wrote this back in August, not much has changed for the better.

We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve.
Linda Lingle

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Since homelessness has increased by a third since 2010 it is time the government did something about it. It is obvious that the problem of homelessness is much worse since this government came into power, it is time they fixed the problem which they themselves have created or at least made much worse. In the sixth richest country homelessness is a disgrace, an outrage, a grave social injustice that cannot be ignored or tolerated.

In any case in the 21st century no matter where in the world we live no one should be sleeping rough, a home is a basic human right – or at least it should be.

Please sign the following petitions

Parliament: Boost Efforts to Reduce Homelessness in England
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/658/751/153/

Sussex Police: NO to arresting and fining rough sleepers!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/576/913/589/

Stop housing discrimination against homeless people with pets: email your Council leaders
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/120/720/988/stop-housing-discrimination-against-homeless-people-with-pets/ 

Though the petitions relate to the UK please everyone sign. The last petition though may not be available for international signatures.

The latest shocking news below may well not surpise you considering the Tory government’s poor track record on house building, budget cuts which make it more difficult for councils to find suitable homes, and the drastic reduction of benefits leaving many people destitute .

Devastating’ Spike In The Number of Homeless Children In Britain

Over 120,000 children face homeless in Britain, the highest level recorded since 2007, and the equivalent of four children in each school, a new analysis of Government figures shows.

Continue reading

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/devastating-spike-in-homeless-children-in-britain_uk_581a57bfe4b06ab5f04f22bf

Homelessness a worldwide problem

Homelessness is a world-wide problem not only in so-called developing countries but in some of the richest countries in the world

“The last time a global survey was attempted – by the United Nations in 2005 – an estimated 100 million people were homeless worldwide. As many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing (Habitat, 2015).”

https://www.homelessworldcup.org/homelessness-statistics/

By now 11 years on these figures are more than likely much higher of course.

Note:  While the Brazilain government spent millions for the Olympic games Official reports say that there were 5,500 people living on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, and around 15,000 in São Paulo, in 2013 (P. Rio de Janeiro, 2014; P. São Paulo, 2011). However, estimates of street children in Brazil have ranged from 7 to 30 million (UN Habitat, 2000).

These are shocking statistics worldwide considering the vast resources squandered by countries that sponsor events like the Olympic games.

Information about housing and homelessness worldwide

Consider  the  vast cities in China which have sprung up like mushrooms but rather like ghost towns are empty of inhabbitants.

It is not easy to ascertain the extent of homelessness in China

Here is some information
http://gbtimes.com/life/homelessness-china  –

Maybe a little off topic but the last statement in the above article really needs some comment “communist ideologies are made a mockery of every time another picture related to homelessness makes the news”.

I have to say it astounds me concerning the continued ignorance about China’s status as a communist country . China is anything but communist and it is its more capitalist ideologies which has no doubt resulted in an increase in homelessness in relation to its increasing prosperity.

Homelessness in Canada

“Housing: Statistics about homelessness and precarious housing in Canada

  • 3 million Canadian households are precariously housed (living in unaffordable, below standards, and/or overcrowded housing conditions).
  • An estimated 235,000 people in Canada experienced homelessness in 2014, with roughly 35,000 people being homeless on any given night.
  • Almost 1 in every 5 households experience serious housing affordability issues (spending over 50% of their low income on rent) which puts them at risk of homelessness.
  • The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has described the lack of a national housing and homelessness strategy in Canada as a “national emergency”.”

http://www.cwp-csp.ca/poverty/just-the-facts/

Homeless in Australia

There are currently 105,237 people in Australia who are homeless.
http://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/index.php/about-homelessness/homeless-statistics – notice the under twelves make up 17% that 17,845.  Though a lower statistic I am shocked that 2 percent 2,028 of homeless people are 75 +

Homelessness in the USA
How many homeless people are there in America?

In 2014 , 1.49 million people used homeless shelters and 578,424 were recorded as being without shelter: sleeping on the streets, in tents, in cars, and other exposed places. Cities completed the 2016 point-in-time count in January.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2016/02/counting-street-sleepers

Homelessness in America
http://america.aljazeera.com/topics/topic/issue/homelessness.html

Read the Stories of some of America’s homeless

Invisible People
https://invisiblepeople.tv/blog/

Homelessness in Scandinavian countries

I don’t know why but the statistics below surprise me, though they are lower than the countries above I had thought that Scandinavian countries had a better track record of social progress and the grave social injustice of being homeless would not be quite the problem that it is. I was wrong.

The number of homeless people in Denmark has increased by 23% since 2009. There are now an estimated 6,138 homeless people nationwide compared to 4,998 in 2009.

Number of homeless people in Denmark on the rise
http://www.west-info.eu/number-of-homeless-people-in-denmark-on-the-rise/

Homelessness In A Welfare State: Perspectives From Copenhagen
http://www.humanityinaction.org/knowledgebase/9-homelessness-in-a-welfare-state-perspectives-from-copenhagen

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