If you look at what the government do to help the homeless, you might be excused for thinking that they really couldn’t care less. After following a link to the 38 Degrees website, I came across a petition with the aim of re-opening a hostel for the homeless in Hull – Dock House.
Almost a year ago, myself and hundreds of others participated in the Sleep Easy 2014 charity event, where we slept on the streets of Hull to raise money for homeless young people in the local area. We received an amazing amount of support from friends, family and members of the public. People donated money – which of course was the aim of the game – but also brought the participators Cadbury’s Creme Eggs and moral support to cheer us up in the blistering cold. Being homeless isn’t just about sleeping on the street in the cold, as we proved last year – anyone can do that. It’s more about why that person ended up on the streets in the first place. Mental health plays a huge role in why people end up living on the streets, along with domestic or sexual abuse, drug use and just generally having unhappy home lives. Starting with the basics however, are places such as Dock House in Hull where homeless people can have a hot shower and an sleep in a warm bed for the night. The basics can never be over-looked. Yes there are very important and very deep issues surrounding homelessness, but doesn’t everyone have the right to a roof over their heads and a warm place to sleep at night at least?
So last year, I was kept smiling through the torrential rain and freezing cold, by a friend – Deborah Stevenson. We camped alongside Hull Trinity Church – the one that’s due a re-vamp for the 2017 when we’re the City of Culture – sheltered from a lot of the rain just because of the size of the Church, however, the vicar of Hull Trinity Church, Rev. Matt Woodcock along with a few other brave souls, slept at the front of the church, with the rain and wind attacking their cardboard and sellotape shelters. It wasn’t a nice experience to say the least, but we didn’t have half of the problems that the majority of homeless people face. We could look forward to a nice hot bath to warm us up and a hot cup of tea to warm us from the inside, and a comfortable bed to sleep in when we got home.
The homeless matter just as much as those who are about to get onto the housing ladder, but of course, money is what really matters. Isn’t it time we looked at what money can cause and realise that the human cost – in every situation – should be far more important that the financial cost.
Photo from The Hull Daily Mail.
Please, everyone, take two minutes out of your day to sign this petition, whether you are from Hull of not. There’s hundreds of people out there who will appreciate it.