homeless choice

Just as I reported about 45.000 homeless people in Los Angeles the other day, today I find a story about a homeless mother and son from Somalia living in Wandsworth on a bench.

Of course probably the weather makes a big impact on the homeless lifestyle. On average in Los Angeles temperatures are 13 degrees celcius in the winter, whlst the average temperature in London in winter is 2 degrees celcius. In a very cold year, it can be as low as -15, though that rarely happens.

On average the life expectancy of a homeless person in Britain is around 44. So living outside is not as good for your health as living in a flat.

Yet the culture of being homeless in California is very concerning, that poeple live inside of bridges, cars, all kinds of crevices, trailers. It seems to have become a lifestyle to escape the rules that come with having an abode.

The couple – a mother and her son – who live on a bench in Wandsworth, refuse continuously offers of flats and make themselves local celebrities on the bench. Well, cabs give them free rides, local takeaways give them free food. That is attractive and saves a lot of money. I am not sure if they also get benefits; so they could save quite a bit.

With earth warming, we may get higher temperatures and that habit of living on the streets may spread here as well. It would breakdown our culture and civilisation if people don’t dwell in proper houses.


woman in gray dress lying on bench

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A House full of Lords wants homes for the young

I always was impressed with the sensible decisions and recommendations the House of Lords has made. This new ruling on the housing obligations of homeless 16-17 year olds is more than welcome both from a personal as well as a local crime fighter’s perspective.

This BBC article gives a good overview to the decision that makes councils responsible to provide more than a roof for youngsters to keep them on the path to righteousness.

It is very important to keep young persons away from crime and not just to make provision to step in once they have broken the law.

A recent strategic youth prevention meeting has proved to be very well equipped to help youngsters once fallen foul of the law but little to prevent it.

Local authorities can become blind to the solutions of problems if it costs them more resources. A House of Lords decision will back them up for more funds.

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