Don’t demonise beggars. It won’t solve the problem of homelessness | Mark Johnson

People do not choose to end up on the streets. Only by treating them as human beings can we help to prevent it

Homelessness has increased 170% since 2010 and more people are on the streets. And we are using a 200-year-old law to lock up homeless addicts for begging, in some cases sending them to already overcrowded prisons.

Vigilante groups are even naming and shaming rough sleepers they believe to be “professional beggars”.

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Why are we so uncomfortable when destitute people hold their hand out? Because their need is ugly

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

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