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Anger at a common scene

September 24th 2009
 
Dear Editor, People scorned him and turned him away, yet they left their half eaten lunch on plates that could have filled so many empty stomachs. I couldn't stay and had to leave, ashamed that I could only give him 50p and some tobacco. Had they looked into his eyes they would have recognised that the street had taken over his soul; he was no threat but they felt threatened. It took me one look at his face for us to communicate, both knowing that the other had been there or was still there. As I shuffled back to New Belvedere Hostel for veterans, I kept asking myself, how can we let this happen? That Sunday, for the first time since my return to the UK after 30 years, I had seen a young man begging in Canary Wharf at the tables of the restaurants and bars. He was sober and not asking for drink but food. True antisocial behaviour is not a homeless person on the street, but rather the passerby who feigns indifference. Men clad in an office suits, sat on walls eating fast food in public during a lunch break, while shoppers look away and mutter words of disdain. Anyone who refuses someone food and in return throws theirs away should be charged with antisocial behaviour. Yours Sincerely, NCN New Belvedere House, London Dear NCN, I'm afraid what you describe is a common scene, and your own experience of being homeless helped in how you saw it. Good luck at New Belvedere House. Editor
 
 
 

September 2009

 

Contents

Best foot forward

Jumping the gun

Doing the Kiltwalk

Sally forth

Homelessness Hurts

The soup report: The right help in the right place at the right time?

Space at Emmaus

MP's expense and being on the street

Anger at a common scene

Operation Loose Change

London's 15 per cent rise in homeless

Swine flu preparations made

Goings on at Novas

Westminster fails to follow up on street count accuracy

Inquest goes ahead as homeless man's family is found

Charities squabble with politicians over homeless rights

Bum fights caused 27 deaths last year

Professional beggars working in Leicester

Belfast local charged with murdering his nephew

Seattle "breached constitutional rights‚Äö?Ñ?? by refusing tent city

Thames Reach, Blenheim partner up

Homeless services to pay for banning animals

Economic crisis transforming US homeless population

Street Shield 7: The Missing Man

 

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