|Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM|
Dying for a place called home
Homelessness is a grim and devastating experience that takes its toll on human health and well being – not to mention mortality – and many fear that 2012 is going to become a vintage year for this bleak harvest. Mark Cantrell reports in the cover story from the February 2012 edition of Housing magazine
Occasionally politicians talk sense. That is, they say something that rises above the usual ideological tribalism: “In a civilised society no one should have to sleep on the pavement,” as Grant Shapps has pointed out. Nobody of a reasonable frame of mind can disagree with that.
While acknowledging the anguish of homelessness might be relatively uncontentious, the issue itself seeps into the faultlines that exist between some of the most pressing political issues of the day, just as people themselves can ‘fall through the cracks’. The parlous state of the economy, the dysfunctional housing market, welfare reform, the shake-up of our health services – the arguments over how best to tackle these issues all have some bearing on the problem.
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Northern, Midlands and Southern Housing magazine,