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Homelessness – Government Striking a Balance

Updated on March 1, 2010

I hope I don’t get fired for writing this hub but as usual I’ll write from my heart.

I live in the UK and the government are generous with Benefits.

  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing benefit
  • Child benefit
  • Family Tax Credit
  • FREE National Health Service etc

In some places you even get paid to learn. Years ago, my Training Centre used to pay learners £10 every week for attending FREE English Classes. (Govt funded). That payment was on Friday, I tell you every Friday, everyone loved me. The minute I walked in the classroom, eyes lit up “hello Elena”. Hmmmh!! It was pay day and I felt like the Bank Manager.

Council Houses

Something I noticed about 9 years ago when I first started teaching Asylum seekers / Refugees English as a Second Language. (ESOL) was that, they would arrive in the Country and within weeks be given a 3 or 4 bedroom Council House which was paid for by the government – lucky for them.

To get a council house in London, you go on a list and then you are prioritised. If you are pregnant or have kids, or health problems, you go at the very top of the list but also if you are from a Country that has “war” i.e. an asylum seeker, you were also placed in that priority list. Hence, people (British Citizens) at the bottom of the list stayed there a long time, as there was always a priority.

Striking a Balance

I appreciate people have problems and anyone can be Homeless, but I feel the government should strike a balance in giving out council houses. Even if people are not sick or not asylum seekers they should be monitored on the waiting list and maybe a deadline should be given for allocation. Example, everyone to be given accommodation within xyz amount of days/weeks. While writing this Hub, I’m also watching a Homelessness documentary and it’s painful to watch.


A few days ago, there was a story about a somalian woman who has no right to live in Britain. It was ruled that she should be given a council house. This sparked some outrage.

“Mrs Ibrahim fled Somalia to Ethiopia with her family when she was 15. She married Mohamed Yusuf in Ethiopia before they moved to Denmark where he holds citizenship. They came to Britain 7 years ago. After eight months working as a bus driver, Mr Yusuf began living on benefits. This stopped in 2004 and he left the country. That ended Mrs Ibrahim's right to stay in UK and her right to receive benefits, but six years later, she’s on £1,000 a month through child tax credits, child benefits and child disability allowance".

My comments: Good for her, but the comments below are why I ask the Government to strike a balance.

“It means migrant families from Poland and other Eastern European countries will have a right to council housing and state benefits even if they have worked for only a brief period in Britain. It comes at a time of heavy demand for council housing from hard-pressed British families - and as ministers have been promising families in disaffected Labour heartlands that local people will have first call on council homes".

If you are interested in the Full story. Read Here

So, why did I write this?

Firstly, I think there should be a fair system. If, I miss a Mortgage payment, my "loving" Bank writes me and somewhere in print is “your home will be repossessed if you don’t keep up your payments”. So, anyone could be homeless at anytime. Oh! and they charge £35 just for sending me the letter. "tut, tut" .That could have been at least 10 enjoyable meals at McDonalds. There are a lot of real, intelligent, educated people living on the street. The most recent lady I heard speak, said she was homeless because of domestic abuse and she didn’t want to lose her life.

Secondly, society could start getting bitter with those who are not British and that includes our European neighbours. This is already happening especially now that a lot of people are losing their homes to repossession.

There is already animosity against companies employing foreign workers for jobs. Strike over Migrant workers

I hope I haven’t offended anyone while writing this and hope the Government do strike a balance when dealing with the Homeless in the UK.


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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Interesting Dreamreachout - so, it's happening in other Countries. That's strange and sad too. Misplaced loyalties.

      Thanks for taking time to comment.


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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      This is a mythological saga unfolded before us!! Why I say that is because its the same story everywhere!! In USA, they look after Mexicans better, in France they look after Algerians and Moroccons better, in India after partition with Pakistan our government looked after refugees from Pakistan and Bangladesh better!! They were even given ownership rights of small plots of land all from government holding!! Even today there is huge exodus from Bangladesh and these people are almost given a red carpet welcome!!

      We should always look after displaced and distressed people but it cant be at the cost of displacing a local, homebred distressed!!

      Great hub!!

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Andromida

      I agree with your comments. It's a top priority. You must be psychic. I have been thinking I must visit your profile soon as it's been a while since I read your Hub.

      Nice to read from you.

      Shukria. :)

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      syras mamun 8 years ago

      This is a very serious issue. I also think UK govt. take some immediate measures to help the homeless.Though, I don't know how many people in total are homeless currently, but a small step of the concerned authority can easily solve this problem.Thank you for bringing up this issue.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Antoine. :)

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      AntoineAllen 8 years ago from New York City

      interesting and informative Thanks

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Maxvon :)

      ** Hi Deborrah, thats a really good idea "interim emergency shelter". That way, no one's left out. See, we need more people like you in Government to find good solutions. :)

      Thanks for stopping. Lovely to read from you.

      Best Wishes.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Lady E, Wonderfully presented interesting and informative hub, but sad subject!

      I think perhaps establishing a better suited interim emergency shelter system would be a good idea initially! During this time a longer term suitable housing situation could be arranged, after a specified period. This way anyone could readily have a place to live until their particular situation can be properly evaluated? This could balance things out a bit, rather than leave anyone in limbo? There are so many variables that can factor into being homeless…

      There are also many possible vacant facilities that could be used to house the homeless especially during rain, snow and unfavorable weather conditions… There are often bureaucratic agendas tied to possible solutions to resolve one’s Homelessness. No one should have to be without shelter…

      It is hard seeing anyone homeless especially when you now that there are resources out there. Each situation is so unique. I realize that there are no easy solution…

      Thank you for sharing, Much love & Blessings!

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      Maxvon 8 years ago from U.K.

      Yeah - thanks Elena - I loved the course and the place - I got the chance to visit all the tourist spots, Hollywood, Paramount Studios, Hard Rock Cafe etc. - I know I'm too soft- I think it's because my mother always used to say "I wouldn't like to be homeless on a night like this" when it was cold! I just think that could be me (or you) when I see these people. I agree with your comments about asylum - seekers, that's different, the government seems to encourage it (even reward it) to the detriment of other more deserving people. Best wishes, Max

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Maxvon, sorry it upset you. It's real - it can happen to anyone. A lot of homes are being repossessed now and accommodation is not being found for all of them. On a positive note - for some they get through it and eventually get back on their feet and become very successful in life, but it's a tough place to be.

      You noted you were from the UK - There was a program aired about a week ago. (channel 4) It was for some celebrities to sleep rough on the street amongst the homeless. Some took the challenge, one booked himself into a hotel.

      It's nice to read from you anyway. Hope you enjoyed your Course at that time - in LA.

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      Maxvon 8 years ago from U.K.

      What a coincidence! I was planning on writing a similar hub. There are 2 issues here Elena. Asylum seekers and genuinely homeless people. I was in LA about 5 years ago on a course and I was moved at the sight of people living on the streets. I saw joggers runnng past people lying on the grass at Venice beach, their possessions in shopping baskets next to them and a man slept in a doorway near to the UCLA campus. He took his food out of a fast-food restaurant's bin. I still can't get it out of my mind. I put some money on top of him one night. I hope he got it. I'm from the U.K. but I've rarely experienced this - yeah, there are some homeless but I've rarely come into contact with them and I know we have soup kitchens and I've given them money. I'm getting upset just writing this - sorry.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Dohn, I headed there immediately after reading your message and I enjoyed it.

      Ps. anyone reading this comment, do check out Dohn121's story REVENGE. It's a brilliant story. (start from Chapter 1)

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, Elena! I'm usually am not up this late, but just as a head's up, Part 22 is ready. Just thought I let you know. Off to bed :D TTYS

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      I would like to thank everyone so much for commenting on this Hub. Lots of you have commented deeply from your hearts. Sorry, it took me a while to make some responses. My ISP provider is working on some phone lines which affect me so, there's no connection at home for a few days.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** I'm so sorry to hear this Gigi. That must hurt. It hurts me just reading it and you had 3 kids too. I pray you never ever find yourself in such a situation again and I hope you and your family are now settled. Take Care.

      ** Thanks for your comments Aware. I think we are on the same wave-length. I appreciate you stopping by.

      ** Cheers Mystique - that is sad. This is why I feel there should be a balance. Very thought provoking comments you have made. Thanks and Best Wishes.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks HP Roy - the benefits should go to residents and asylum seekers as it's nice to help people but it should be balanced and everyone should be a priority. Regards.

      ** Sweetie - very deep comments you made there. I feel even if people don't have the right, they should be supported a bit though. I appreciate you stopping by. Thanks.

      ** Thanks dgreen for stopping. Best Wishes.

      ** Hello Dame Scribe, its so nice that you do that and I'm sure it will bring you great satisfaction too. This is the point I'm getting at. Nice to read from you again.

      ** I understand your comments Fgual and I'm glad you got support at that time. Thanks.

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      Mystique1957 8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      My dear Elena...

      You´ll be surprised at how politics are played. What I wonder is: Why should foreign people(no offense intended)have priority over a citizen of that country? Naturally, there´s no comparison between the UK(a developed Nation) and Venezuela(a Nation which was developing and became stagnant); however, because of my country´s government affiliation with Cuba, Cubans have priorities over Venezuelan Nationals, even in the Military and the President´s 7 circles of security. Worse, If you wanna work for the government you MUST sign and swear fealty to the President´s political party. You see? It is not a problem of truly helping, it is a matter of impressing the rest of the world with their phony kindness. Homeless people are here by the hundred thousands and many are simply killed by unscrupulous policemen, and they get away with murder, literally! If you cannot be protected in your own land, how can you expect to be protected in a foreign land? It is sad and it is wrong. I do sympathize with your viewpoints. Fair is fair!

      Thumbs up!

      warmest regards and blessings,


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      aware 8 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      from what ive seen homelessness is very different than what most think we know.

      the real homeless . the chronic under the stars dwellers . chose to stay and be that way. what we have now tho is the week to week'ers that have lost their jobs and that day to day living. finding themselves without rent money . and armed with sticks as far as job skills. when it comes to spending as a nation many are quick to denounce social services funding .and never say a peep about war spending , pomp picturesque photo ops at the cost of millions to the taxpayer .astronomical foreign aid bills. and plain out pork spending. and rich boy bailouts.

      Squandering paper and tin coins . id much rather piss my funds away helping the homeless and downtrodden. the disenfranchised . that are my countrymen.

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      Gigi2 8 years ago from UK

      I had the misfortune to have my home repossesed. I ended up in a hostel with my 3kids. Asylum seekers came in and left to go to their new homes. I never did, they couldn't help me. I eventually helped myself and managed to rent a place after begging the land lady to accept 'the likes of me', she did luckily. It's not a fair system and those that really know how to work the system seem to gain.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Pete. It is a very difficult problem and I also hate those questions they ask on forms. Ethnicity. I honestly think there is no need for it. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for you and hope you find a job soon. I think if you try some social networking websites, you could meet some people - who might have contacts or can point you to other places. Linkedin is one.

      ** Good on you Vladimir - I'm happy to see how things have worked out for you. Thought provoking comments you made. Thanks.

      ** Thanks so much Support Med. I hope Obama is able to sort out the FREE Health care. It would be a great benefit. Young kids always have some sort of little illness when they are young and it's a pity that their parents have to pay for treatment. Its nice to read comments from the US, I didn't know that you faced a similar situation.

      Thanks for stopping, remain Blessed. :)

      ** Hello again Unchained Grace - as stated above its nice to read comments from the US Hubbers and I appreciate you commenting again. I wish there was someone "powerful" or influential reading this on both sides that would take the matter forward and try to improve things.

      Well done on the work you do to support the Homeless. I know famous people, rich people donate to charities and I'm sure such charities exist in the US. How come this money isn't getting around to put people in shelters? I wonder. Just a thought. Thanks again for stopping.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks for your comments Mike - I will check out that Homeless Hub. You noted "If only there were a simple solution." I hope Countries can find one. It's not just a UK situation. Thanks for stopping.

      ** Thanks Hypnodude - alot of food for thought in your comments. A lot. As you noted everyone is equal. Thanks so much for taking the time to write that comment. Much appreciated. Best Wishes.

      ** Hi hello hello, actually I forgot about that. Its true, that people can claim for kids not even in the country. Interesting comment, I'm curious to know where you are orignially from now. :) Thanks.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Susan, I hope the Health Bill is of benefit to all Americans. Thanks

      ** theherbivorehippi - thanks for your comment. It is so easy for people to end up on the streets as you noted. Nice to read from you.

      ** Hi Dohn, thanks for your comments. Sorry to hear that you were a refugee. It's hard. I am aware of countries who face such and it's nice that help is given but to avoid much tension from the citizens of the countries they are dwelling - I feel help should be balanced b/w them as everyone is a priority as such. I am sensing some tension in the UK now because of this issue.

      No need to apologise - its a sensitive issue, which is why I apologised at the end of the Hub. I honestly feel for everyone (the asylum seekers and the homeless citizens). The Government just needs to strike a balance and also maybe not allow the Council Tenants to buy their homes. Here, you can buy your council house cheap. This means one less council house available.

      Thanks so much for your comments.

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      FGual 8 years ago from USA

      Thank you for writing about a difficult subject. I agree that government socialist policies actually hurt those they were designed to help. Always keep in mind that the terms "equality" and "equal poverty" are closely related. I am an immigrant, and cannot express how grateful I am for the generosity of our government, but on the other side, we are loaded with illegal immigrants who take advantage, and even complain that they are not getting enough handouts.

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      Dame Scribe 8 years ago from Canada

      I have sat on housing authority councils and I always tried to push for the longest waiting to be first addressed before new applicants. Review of policies and practices do sometimes need to get changed or amended to reflect any new social changes or emergencies, local and global. Great points!

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      dgreen23 8 years ago from Jonesboro, GA

      I agree with you Lady_E that there should be a balance in it all.

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      sweetie1 8 years ago from India

      The riches of a country should go to the one whose forefathers worked hard to make the country rich. It is like inheritence and should only go to the ones who are citizen of the country by birth and not because they are drawn to the country because it is already rich. No one migrates to poor country. To me That woman had no right to the money which belongs of the children of UK. But then this is politics. The country politicians would sell everything if they feel it would fetch them votes. so hense they make laws like this.

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      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      The benefit should go to resident. But no body can deny benefits to the resident of neighbor State.

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      Unchained Grace 8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      In Baltimore, Maryland there is a program called,"Healthcare for the Homeless" which is free to homeless people. The Department of Social Services offers a program called PAC which provides healthcare with a very small deductible on certain meds. These are two things we can count on when working with our homeless.

      I see another issue rising up in the comments section here and that is racism. Baltimore is at least 95% African American. One might expect I personally being a caucasian male that I'd run into issues on the street. There have been some, though too few to mention.

      The key terms are desperation and frustration. They are what sits at the bottom of it all. They are what drives the behavior patterns of the prostitutes, gangbangers, drugdealers and the homeless. With so few resources available and public ridicule heaped on top, it is no small wonder the above group quickly takes on a "Us against the world" attitude and can therefore use this as what they believe to be a plausible defense for their actions.

      We're out there everyday, so we see the reality. We don't see it through the eyes of some sociologist or bureaucrat who relies on a grant-funded 100 page document. They have zero insight and no understanding of the situation.

      Elena, I give you much credit for approaching a situation like this. It's not a popular subject and opinions vary. What is said in print and what is practiced in reality are often two different things.

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      Support Med. 8 years ago from Michigan

      This is a very REAL hub. I knew this problem existed here in the US, did not know we shared the same crossroads issues. This 'bad' economy is everywhere. Unchained Grace's #2 comment, I believe, is a big factor (OK, it's not the only one) in the economy being as it is today. The government of all of our countries worldwide, must understand that we have to look out for our own as well as welcoming in foreigners. I think it is great that you all have free health care. It is something that our government leader is working on, but, he is facing a lot of opposition because of it. There will always be problems, no matter what the final decision is, however, I think ALL people, no matter what your economic status is (or your living conditions) should be able to receive health care. Well, there is so much more that could be said on this matter I'm sure we all agree, which if written would create a totally new newpaper of its own. Thanks for the insight, it just goes to show you that we really are All in This Together. Have a blessed and great day!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Vladimir Uhri 8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      I am an foreigner and US citizen. I escaped from communistic Czechoslovakia. For decade plus I worked day and night studying. Then I had good income, practicing private practice in my specialty. 20 years ago I had insurance for family and cost me monthly $500 plus. I never complained. If I would not work hard, I might end on the street.

      Socialism never will solve the problems. Yes it might eliminate living on the streets, but all rest will suffer.

      Government is not solution, but problem. God is solution.

      Thanks for this hub.

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      It is a very difficult problem. We in the United States understand it very well. We want to be humane to everyone and to give everyone a chance in the US but we can't support the crush of people at our borders.

      It isn't only in benefits. I have been looking for a job for over a year and every application wants to know yor race, gender, and if you were a veteran. I have to answer white, male, and no which despite what they say I know puts me behind people that companines get incentives for hiring.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      I am a foreigner myself in this country but I always worked and never asked for anyting. I fully agree with you. Not only do they get al these benefit but they also claim for children back home (let's hope they exists). That gets my back up. On top of it all they don't appreciate it, definitely.

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      Andrea 8 years ago from Italy

      This hub addresses a very important issue. I think it has a lot to do with what was called in another hub as Cafeteria Progressives, that is those people, and there are a lot in many European Governments, who blindly take decisions for the sake of public recognition, or for the fear of being called racists.

      Now, racism is stupid, as people should be judged only on the basis of their behaviour, not their skin colour. Yet everywhere in the world the colour of the skin is one big issue. And is also the preferred defence of criminals, in places where the colour of the skin is an issue. Let me give two examples:

      In Malaysia or Thailand you don't get much understanding if you are an European using drugs, maybe you get a little discount yet you are sentenced to prison without problems.

      Many years ago I was working as a security guard in a big commercial centre and I blocked a guy who had just stolen a bottle of whisky, his defence as soon as I blocked him was: "You are a racist, you blocked my because I'm black." No, because you have a bottle of whisky in your pants.

      What this Cafeteria Progressivism gives is that not so honest people uses the colour of the skin or their original country as a defence when caught; and that the great majority of immigrants, who left their country in search of a better life, suffer from the generalization that follows when the common people begins to say "people from there is bad", or foreigners have more rights than us citizens, and so on.

      Blindly supporting everyone on the basis of being non-racist governments in reality reinforce all the difficulties in living together.

      I think that everyone is equal and the only difference is made by our behaviours. A criminal should be prosecuted on the basis of his behaviour without regards to nationality. I'm pretty sure that all honest immigrants would appreciate it a lot, much more than leaving a country for a better life and arriving in a new one when they are even more harassed by criminals because no governments wants to be called racist. Or someone thinks that, just to give an example, Triads have remained in Asia?

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      Mike Lickteig 8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Thanks for a very interesting hub. I have a hub about the homeless in my town in the works, but it is slow going because it is so difficult to know what to say about a problem of such complexity.

      There definitely should be a system to move someone from the bottom of a waiting list after a certain period of time. Or, perhaps only a certain percentage of the total list should be prioritized at once--I dunno. I do think the government has an obligation to its own citizens first and foremost. Anything less than that seems a betrayal. I agree with Dohn in the sense that attention given to those willing to help themselves should come before aid to those seeking assistance for its own sake.

      If only there were a simple solution.

      Your writing is quite thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing.


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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I think that one of the worst things anyone of us can do is to simply assume things, notably about people. Many of us take things for face value, such as homeless people. As you mentioned, Elena, about the woman who had no choice but to flee from domestic violence to live out on the street. Safety certainly comes first.

      Most immigrants that come to America do so out of desperation. At one time I and the rest of my family were immigrants and were political refugees in the post-Vietnam War Era (my first novel documents this) from Laos. Unfortunately, some do come over seeking asylum and conviction for crimes committed in their native country. I read about some immigrants from Cuba upon styro-foam makeshift boats and so traveled 90 miles. Their situation must have been serious enough for them to do so. Sure, as citizens, our tax dollars do support such people, but that is another matter entirely.

      So what am I getting at? The bottom line is that aid should be available to those with intentions of making a living for themselves, rather than taking full advantage of the kindness of others for the rest of their lives. There is no free lunch as the saying goes. Their willingness to better themselves and their community should be a factor in all of this. Perhaps one day after having received aid, they can give back, thus "pay it forward."

      I hope that I didn't offend you in any way by commenting. My upbringing decrees that all of us need to help others and to not simply expect anything from anyone without giving back in return.

      Thanks for a wonderful and informative article on the homeless. Of course all of us have unique situations, but our intentions should be good intentions.

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Very well written. This is such a sad subject and it seems to be easier and easier for people to end up on the streets and passed over and forgotten about. Thank you for writing such an important subject!

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      Susan Carter 8 years ago

      I live in the United States and our President is trying deperately to get a health care bill passed. For me, being employed with health benefits is a gift. So many people have lost their homes and jobs in the past couple years and I'm grateful every day that God has taken care of me. I've voluteered at homeless shelters before and I just wanted to cry the entire time I was there so no matter how rough my day is at work, all I have to do is remember the sad, dirty, flea bitten human beings that were in the shelter because they didn't have a job. They struggle every day for things we take for granted and complain about. Walk in their shoes and you get a different feeling altogether. Be very grateful God has not taken you down that path.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Ghostwhisper, so sorry to hear you've been through it already. It must be tough. Infact, I don't think I could explain it enough. On a positive, its nice that you are back on on your feet. I pray it's a place you never visit again as God keeps on elevating you. Thanks for your comments. Regards.

      ** Hello Unchained Grace, I think you do an awesome Job - working with the Homeless. It probably drains you emotionally too as you see so much and can’t take everyone home with you. From your comments, we seem to have similar situ's in UK and US. (but health care is free here - I wish it was for US). Keep up the good work. Best Wishes.

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      Unchained Grace 8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Elena, while I neither work nor live in the UK, I work heavily with the homeless and those in crisis. Quite often, we are roadblocked whereby those from outside this country receive preferential treatment over our own people which also includes homeless military veterans.

      The Bible tells us to not respect persons. Still, here's the problem we face:

      1) The government gives us zero assistance for what we do and currently we're housing, feeding and clothing 60-70 nonvet and veteran previously homeless personnel.

      2) As a country, we blindly accept anybody and everybody and with the INS and such being overloaded and underbudget, thousands slip through and disappear under work/student visas. Eventually, they show up somewhere, but in the end, the government takes them in and then drops the ball on private business and citizens to accomodate their mishandling of the issue in the first place.

      So, Elena, we have a similar problem you and I. I'm not familiar enough with UK policy on this issue to post a credible comment so I won't. I do however, by neccesity, have an intimate working knowledge of how this samesaid issue is handled on this side of the pond and from our perspective, it is deplorable.

      Thank you for a well-written Hub on a very touchy subject for many.

      Ghosty, it happened again. You and I showing up at the same time.

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 8 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Your hub reminds me of living in the United States--Mexicans are here illegally and given health care-housing and many not working...and I am here...a united states citizen and I work two jobs and I have no medical benefits nor can I afford them! Will our government strike a balance? Nope.

      When I see homeless people--no matter where they came from--or another country--I want them to have housing-regardless of what I am lacking--and yes, any of us can be homeless-been there-done that and have a t-shirt :)