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I've been seeing people living in tents across the Uk in Cities, towns, villages and countryside, and before some wag says "holidaymakers" I am on about the growing number of homeless who are living in tents. I was shocked to see in a residential area of Loughborough in Leicestershire, people pitched up on small green spaces between pavements and roads, what was worse it seemed to be several. This is really unacceptable in 2018 in the UK!

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11 minutes ago, Hectors House said:

I've been seeing people living in tents across the Uk in Cities, towns, villages and countryside, and before some wag says "holidaymakers" I am on about the growing number of homeless who are living in tents. I was shocked to see in a residential area of Loughborough in Leicestershire, people pitched up on small green spaces between pavements and roads, what was worse it seemed to be several. This is really unacceptable in 2018 in the UK!

Homeless living in tents

I was reading only the other day about a guy who ended up living in his tent and was found a year after he died bless him, will see if I can dig the story up. Seems it was a case of normal bloke and things spiralled bit by bit. I have worked with Crisis and always remember a conversation I had with one of the homeless several years ago, The guy was articulate and sharp and quite pleasant to talk to, I ask him "how did you end up like this", his answer simply "circumstance", that's all he said and it rang true all those years later with so many sad stories.

I also have the sad hobby now of spotting the converted van dwellers, everywhere now, and I don't mean pikey types. What is happening to this country

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This is a plot line in Coronation St at the moment.

Also there was the below story in HT. The lady in question has mental health issues and had previously been offered a council flat but refused it, so not all as it seems. 

https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/15409683.Homeless_woman_living_on_city_centre_roundabout_says_she_wants_to_raise_awareness/ 

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Tents pop up a fair bit around Bournemouth, my town of residence, and it can't just be about shelter. Horseshoe Common, a small wooded area across the road from the main drinky fighty spot, has a few at the moment. Some are positioned to avoid notice but others have appeared right next to the spur road underpass and just off the main footpath - good luck getting any sleep whatsoever or indeed not getting your head kicked in by all and sundry. I assume it's a begging strategy.

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Sat in a traffic jam on the Northampton ring road recently, I spotted an abandoned tent pitched in some trees next to a retail park, somebody had evidently been living in it. Last year I spoke to a young homeless couple who I am pretty sure had drug problems; they were living in a tent on an area of common land by the river just outside the town centre. It's not unusual, but nothing like what you see in the US.

The more organised van dwellers have been around in growing numbers for a while, particularly in southern England. I used to rent some land on a farm and they sometimes let a couple of van dwellers park up in exchange for a bit of rent. No power, no toilet, 100m walk to an outside tap that wasn't drinking water. Vans heated with multifuel stoves often mainly fired by scavenged wood.

I got to know one (female, early 30s) a bit & did a few mechanical jobs on her Mercedes 308, paid back in Lidl tea and biscuits. This was around 2006-8 when housing had become ridiculously expensive, but before the shortage was perhaps as acute as it is now. I think she got mostly agency factory/warehouse/driving type work in the winter around the south end of the Midlands, and got the bits that needed doing on the van done whilst it was mainly not needed (push bike to work) & then spent the summer doing rather less and spending more time socialising and travelling rather than parked.

It's not a new thing. I vaguely knew a guy 20 years ago who lived in a bright purple converted ex-Utility company Transit box van. I seem to remember he was a lorry driver. He was probably in his mid to late 50s - I sometimes wonder what happened to him, I moved away from the area and when I returned he was no longer about.

Living in a large van I've converted myself well has appealed to me at times in some ways. The whole debt slave / rat race thing is well overrated. One of the happiest guys I've met in the past year doesn't work much any more and travels the world with his young family in a high spec self built vehicle - small lorry sized & 4x4, they can be out in the wilderness for a month self-sustained, the electrical system cost £50k to build! 

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On ‎13‎/‎08‎/‎2018 at 09:48, spyguy said:

Its mainly EEers.

 

Well it certainly wont be the Roma in the UK. They are all cozy in their houses paid for by us mugs. Whilst being dropped off every day to do their faux begging routine in high streets around the country.

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I've heard that the homeless shelters are actually more noisy and unsafe than living on the street. Many homeless folks only use them as a last resort. Why  we can't build shelters with lockable bedrooms with toilet & shower and access to benefits advice, drug therapy etc.

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22 minutes ago, Sausage said:

I've heard that the homeless shelters are actually more noisy and unsafe than living on the street. Many homeless folks only use them as a last resort. Why  we can't build shelters with lockable bedrooms with toilet & shower and access to benefits advice, drug therapy etc.

NIMBYs; "They've built ugly lock-ups for noisy undesirables which have really brought down house prices. DISGRACEFUL!"

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On 13/08/2018 at 12:32, Saving For a Space Ship said:

Sing it y'all ! 

 Why? .. the Rent's Too Damn High !  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg5SwyTvAHw

That's lovely - I saw Stacey doing a fond impression of that guy saying 'too damn high' a while back on the Keiser report, now I know why she was so taken with him, brilliant.

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6 hours ago, disenfranchised said:

When it comes to why we can't help the homeless in simple ways, this is pretty inspirational and fairly instructional too

Indeed, 

I've tried to design a fire resistant building system along similar lines for low income groups 

see 

Budget Shelters for Low income Groups using Purlin or Steel Rsj Type Frames & Kingspan Metal Sided Sandwich Panels

http://www.cabinznet.blogspot.com/2018/07/budget-shelters-for-low-income-groups.html

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