By Adam Yosef
Callum, 23, left care at 18 and found a flat, but after some time the flat became unaffordable. After becoming homeless, his mental health then deteriorated to the point that he also lost his job. He used the Depaul UK Nightstop service before the charity offered him longer-term accommodation. With financial support from Depaul UK, he gained the qualifications needed to begin working for the fire service. His dream is to become a firefighter.
Plans to penalise low income families for having young adult job seekers living at home could drive up homelessness, leading housing and homelessness charities warn today.
Many people think that ‘homelessness’ is simply another word for ‘rough sleeping’ (sleeping on the streets). However, sleeping rough actually accounts for just 7% of all homelessness in Wales. The different types of homelessness are outlined here.
How much do you really know about homelessness? There’s many common myths about homelessness out there. And those myths don’t often portray homeless persons in a positive light. To add to this, most of these assumptions are all too often untrue.
Giving money or food to a homeless person won’t do them any good, the Housing Minister has said, as welfare charities launch a ‘homelessness hotline’ billed by the Government as an alternative to hand-outs. By Charlie Cooper.