Leading London Home
Date posted: Wednesday 27 Jan 2016
Lead London Home is a new campaign backed by over 20 homelessness charities in the capital including the West London Mission. Street homelessness has gone up by more than 50% over the last five years. Last year 7,581 people slept rough in London – and these are just the official figures.
The West London Mission who have been helping homeless people for 129 years. Our Day Centre in Marylebone often sees 100 rough sleepers every day. We also coordinate the Westminster Churches Winter Night Shelter where 13 churches and a synagogue all work together to offer accommodation every night of the week between October and May. We also run other more specialist services for men with alcohol addictions and for homeless ex-servicemen. It is great that so many charities and churches are working to help homeless people come in from the cold. But we can’t just offer more and more help without speaking out about what is causing the problem. As Desmond Tutu said: ‘We should not just be pulling drowning people out of the river. We must go upstream and find out who is pushing them in.’
So this is why West London Mission has joined the Lead London Home campaign. With the mayoral elections coming up in May, now is the time to make our voice heard about the scandal of homelessness in London.
There is a clear manifesto which sets out 6 key actions that we are calling the new Mayor to take. And there is a petition so that as many people as possible add their voice to the campaign.
London’s a great city. It should lead the world at tackling homelessness. Read the Lead London Home manifesto to find out how.
Please join the campaign and sign the petition and write to the candidates here: www.leadlondonhome.org
Posted by: Admin on Wednesday 27 Jan 2016
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