A social homeless perspective
There is a wider societal fallout picture which homelessness embraces.
The term “homelessness” is nondescript of the depth of problems it encompasses.
One way to more clearly capture the phenomenon of homelessness in our community is to review people’s journeys into and in homelessness in a collation of life experience.
This exercise details people’s struggles in the fight for human survival and the frontiers of homelessness they encounter along the way.
A Homeless Clientele Perspective: Frontiers of Homelessness
• Crisis, break-up, loss of income, home in jeopardy.
• Loss of accommodation – distress, trauma.
• Outstaying one’s welcome with family & friends.
• Destitute, not coping, languishing, sleeping rough.
• Isolation, disorientation, addiction, depression.
• Seeking shelter, queuing for aid, on tenterhooks.
• Adapting to living in the emergency accommodation.
• Coming to terms with this new-found homeless status.
• Engaging with homeless staff on support options.
• Facing an in-depth analysis of one’s overall situation.
• Building trust with services to work with them.
• Accessing professional care staff to deal with matters relating to: benefits, health care, mental health, addiction, housing, abuse, intimidation and social issues.
• Searching for the motivation and resilience to go on.
• Tackling issues, struggling and trying to handle life.
• Finding occupation, education, training & employment.
• Facing the future with little support of family or friends.
• The daunting task of securing a future long-term home.
• Sustaining a long-term home on limited resources.