YOUNG REPORTER: If you want change, you cannot watch from afar
By Boneata Bell
DOES it surprise you that there are 69,460 children living in homeless households across England? Well it should do.
Unfortunately, it is becoming a regular occurrence to see the homeless pacing the streets of Grimsby, but even more unfortunately, it is becoming a regular occurrence for the average citizen to just "walk on by".
I am wondering where the hearts of local people have been misplaced?
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There are a wide variety of reasons for homelessness, so I ask of you not to simply walk on by, but to maybe lend a moment of your time to talk, and to support. You never know, maybe one day that will be you.
According to research carried out by The Guardian, the main cause of homelessness is a violent relationship breakdown, closely followed by the rising issue of parents no longer being able to accommodate for their children.
So no, not as you likely expected it to be; drug or alcohol abuse. Very often problems root much deeper than that, it appears that the average citizen is naive, blind or ignorant of this vital fact, to see it.
The risk of danger is, understandably embedded deeply into our genes. We will not approach what does not feel safe, and we will not take a risk in a world that commonly appears to be a creation of evil; simply sweetened, or coated by good.
Nonetheless, sometimes the risk is worth taking, and is sometimes required to change the world. If one shall fall it is likely that so will another, but if one rises, another shall follow.
My message – If you want the town to change, you cannot watch from afar.
The number of students applying for university this year took a dramatic drop, the result in that? Young adults living at home for a longer period of time, so now let me take you back to one of the main reasons for homelessness: parents no longer able to support children at home.
A triangle of events is quickly occurring ...
The number of unemployed people has been rapidly increasing, resulting in again more people living at home with parents that are struggling for money. Can you see the colours appearing between the black and white belief of self abuse?
Some 1,170 people across Yorkshire and Humber were accepted as homeless during the year of 2011, and the brilliant drop in homelessness during the years of 2007 and 2009 has been followed by a disastrous increase from 2010 to 2011.
Some circumstances are unavoidable and we have no power to change economic status, I do however believe that we have the power to notice, the power to support and the power not to stereotype.
Give a little respect to the citizens of your town.
This year alone there has been a 44 per cent increase in households becoming homeless due to a loss of work and repossession.
The average household contains one child, closely followed by two (per household), so potentially each household repossession is leaving two adults and two children homeless.
When you are quick to judge a scenario, do you ever consider the male with tattoos, piercing and baggy trousers to be begging for money for his children and wife? No? Why? Because this is Grimsby?
I am not naive, everyday the news states clearly what a dangerous and deadly world we are living in. Police cars collecting along the "louder" streets is also another stubborn reminder.
Yet I do believe that if what we open our eyes too is all that we see, things will spiral out of control, there will be no trust left and we will be strangers of the same Earth, alien to one another and dangerous to one another; and what a sad world that would be to live in.