Wednesday 12 September 2012 1.34pm
eDWaRD WooDWaRD wrote:
Something that made me quite pensive walking through BM this morning - a young lady buying a box of Turkish delight, maybe to share with her colleagues, some workers having breakfast at Maria’s Market Café… and an elderly man going through the green rubbish bins, looking for food. Normally I would have offered to buy him a sandwich or something, but I am a bit skint myself at the mo, which for a moment made me think: how close is one really these days to ending up in a situation like that?
I wonder that too. I think the key difference is the lack of a loving, supportive family to look out for you when times are bad. There's been numerous studies which suggest that a large % of homeless people spent time in care or foster homes. For us lucky ones (though I can't speak for you obviously but hope this is the case) we have families who might step in to help if we lose our jobs and hit rough patches. Also addiction plays a large part in causing homeless people to live the way they do, in many cases.