Chip in to help our campaign to stop mass homelessness
by The Big Issue in London, England, United Kingdom
I never give a moment's thought as to whether I will have a roof over my head other than to be very grateful for it. In an ideal world, no one should have to. No one wants or chooses to be homeless - it's not urban camping! We have to be sort this out - other countries have so we need to learn from them.
Friends, please support this campaign and sign the petition. Everyone has the right to decent housing and to remain in their homes. Everyone needs a stable home to be able to take advantage of opportunities available in other areas that can benefit their lives in every way.
'Everyone In' was a great success and resulted in many local people being in settled accommodation. 'Everyone out' must not happen as England gets back on its feet and hotels that were used for this are recommissioned by their owners. I'd like to see a Universal Basic Income in England as well as in the devolved nations to help prevent homelessness.
We subscribe to the Big Issue and have been following the campaign. Lockdown showed that it was possible to end homelessness temporarily- lets make it a permanent possibility. We appreciate that not every rough sleeper wants an actual roof over their head, but all need support.
There was no progress made during lockdown, when local groups found homes for many rough sleepers. Of course homelessness is not just about sleeping rough - there are many more without a decent home. Don't let more people be so squeezed financially that they end up without a decent home.
It is a disgrace that in such a wealthy country as ours, we find hundreds, maybe thousands of people without support when they most need it. No-one should need to sleep under the stars unless they choose to do so. We are all people of this beautiful world, let us show care and compassion for those who need it now.
I fully support all that can be done to help the unnecessary homelessness that the government is creating due to their lack of real understanding and compassion, very often of those who work at low paid jobs in very necesssary areas of employment for the good of others.