It’s the most basic and obvious aspect of being homeless, but yet it’s often the most misunderstood. The number of people sleeping rough (i.e. on the streets) rose by 40% this year, and that’s just the homelessness we can see – there’s thousands more without a roof to call their own. The UK now ranks 20th out of 28 countries classified as having a broken housing market, with home out of reach not only for the poor, but the middle-class as well.
Finland has proved the theory that we truly do need shelter first – they’re the only country in europe who’s homeless population decreased in recent years. By giving someone the ‘gift’ of shelter – you’re giving people the chance at having a reliable home, and only then can they start to build the other aspects of their life.