It is evident that there has been an unfortunate rise in homelessness over the past few years, with this year (2017) marking the sixth year of the rise in rough sleepers. It is devastating to envision people living without a home, especially through no doing of their own, and is an issue we need to help tackle and fast.
To commemorate World Homeless Day (today, 10th October) our friends at Emmaus Leeds are sharing stories from formerly homeless people to highlight the issues around homelessness, and show how things get better.
World Homeless Day’s purpose is to help raise awareness, and to draw attention to the needs of homeless people and to help provide opportunities for communities to get involved in helping to find a solution.
The ethos of World Homeless Day is one that is reiterated by Emmaus in their everyday work, as the charity supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, providing them with meaningful work and giving them an opportunity to regain their lost self-esteem, which inevitably gives them the tools they need to rebuild their lives.
To read the stories from those affected, head to Emmaus’ website and see what a difference the charity has made to their lives.