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WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND HOMELESSNESS IN THE UK

Hi! I’m Papa, social entrepreneur, activist and CSR specialist dedicated to end homelessness in the UK.

Homelessness is not acceptable. Not in 2017, and not in one of the richest countries in the world; the UK. I can’t end it overnight. Nor can I do it on my own.

The UK is the 25th wealthiest country on the planet. And yet, we still have a homelessness issue, to which there are many parts. The right to adequate housing is a component of international human rights law. And the UK should be better at it. The United Nations says the following about adequate housing:

“The Special Rapporteur wishes to underscore that the right to adequate housing should not be considered narrowly. It includes guaranteeing various aspects, such as security of tenure, affordability, accessibility, location and cultural adequacy. The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has underlined that the right to adequate housing should be ensured to all persons irrespective of income or access to economic resources.” – Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN. 30 December 2013.

In 2016 it is reported that 4,134 people slept rough nationally, an increase of 16% from the previous year. However, the prevalence of rough sleeping in London alone, measured under an alternative and trusted methodology mentioned in the National Statistics, is reported at8,096 people.

The rate of increase in homelessness far exceeds the year on year population growth (for London, England, or UK as a whole); so there is a problem.Our society is generating homelessness, not solving it. And London lies at the heart of that. The need for reform in the way homelessness in dealt with in law is great, as the current system is just not working according to the facts. We can do better, but larger organisations seem to be occupied with provision of care, or pushing for change that’s not at the heart of the issue. Precision, the ability to collaborate, and the empowerment of an incredible team will allow us to lead and guide the change needed. This is why I wrote In Our Hands: to give an overview of the problem, and encourage the readers to take action to end this issue. You can take the first step by getting your copy of In Our Hands here. To bring about real change, I set up the social enterprise Tomorrow Today, with the purpose of delivering the “In Our Hands” project which I expect to take 5years to deliver, at a final price tag of £2.5m. When considering the total social and financial benefits as well, the value of complete project delivery to society is £40.3bn. I will soon share more details on how my team and I are planning to deliver this huge-impact project.

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