Share via Email Why is there no joined-up approach to helping homeless families rebuild their lives? I wonder if in we are heading back there, when I see how we are treating the poor.
He took me in and I saw he was sleeping on the floor, while his daughter was in a cot with no mattress. The house had no cooker, beds, fridge A local homeless charity collected and delivered the furniture. It was a really nice story.
But since then I have found seven of his neighbouring families in the same position. Now it has rehoused them, but support for the families has completely stopped.
These families were moved into bare properties, then left to repair their lives on their own.
Why is there no joined-up approach to helping homeless families rebuild their lives? Furniture poverty is a growing issue among low income families.
Research by Poverty and Social Exclusion predicts that in , 12 million people could not afford one or more essential household items. So you are right to be concerned. As Luke Evans, digital media editor at the Turn2us charity, which fights to alleviate UK poverty, says: Grants for these sorts of essentials have all but disappeared , as have many interest-free loans previously provided by local councils.
However, there are charitable grants.
These are no replacement for long-term, sustainable financial support, but Evans points out: These practical changes will hopefully make a difference for the families you have come across. But you are right to question the fairness of their situation, too. You have already proven your ability to bring a community together in the work you have done so far.
Could you use that same drive to put public pressure on the council?
It takes up less room in the nursery. But you are right to question the fairness of their situation, too. It also creates a storage area until such time that the divider system can be removed, when more space is needed as a child grows.
I wonder whether the people who chipped in to your very successful Facebook appeal would also be willing to write to the council to express their concern — or even better, to come together to present a petition at full council.
Maybe some of the families you have met would be willing to give the council a piece of their mind publicly, too. You have set out on a mission to make sure these families feel remembered. What do you think? Or have you got a question for Poppy and readers to consider?
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