Homelessness

Homelessness

How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? Helping homeless people and getting them off the streets, it’s heartbreaking in Glasgow city centre to see how people are surviving, from young people to elderly and also disabled, this is everybody’s shame and should be a priority for Scotland Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? Because it’s a national crisis and basic human right that is being ignored

Points

Homelessness is awful. I spent one night sleeping out as part of the Big Sleep Out and it changed my life. Please, please do something about this. Maybe start by reviewing vagrancy laws? They currently place homeless people in a horrible Catch22 situation. Lots of good ideas coming out of Finland we can learn from.

Its a national disgrace and we need to bring back safety nets for all - Universal Credit is a scandal. By ensuring fair pay, outlawing excessive profiteering, penalise greedy landlords and provide a range of quality affordable housing. House construction is carbon heavy so reduce new building and bring more homes onto the market by penalising second and holiday homes through taxation.

Noone would choose to be homeless and there but for the grace of God go the rest of us who are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads and money enough to pay the bills. Communities working together can provide help and support to get the homeless into their own accommodation and not only provide the material things but the social support to allow them to integrate into the community and society again.

Unlike the sterotype often flaunted of a druggy, most homeless are actully simply normal people, many of whom have a great deal of skill in one sector or another, but whom have suffered an unfortunate chain of catostrophic events, such as sudden unemployment that can damage their personal life, thus it should be of utmost importance that we help these people back on their feet so they can regain dignity and so they can activelly contribute to the economy and regain the respect they deserve.

The cost of housing and rental housing is so expensive young people cannot get on the housing ladder. In Shetland 3 – 4 years ago it was £1,200 - £1,500 for a 3 bedroom house People cannot work and live People are living in poverty Young people cannot start their own life This is a Scotland wide issue

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