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16 May 2008

Homeless without help - preview

Jennifer Kavanagh highlights the injustice faced by homeless people in London and wider society

Just before Christmas, among the crowds shopping in central London, a group of about ten men converged on the rubbish sacks outside a sandwich shop: foraging, scavenging
  • How have we come to this?

    Strangely, 'shelter' does not appear in all versions of Maslow's hierarchy of needs but, even at the physiological level, there are few needs that are not endangered by the lack of a home
  • Given the number of people who die on the streets, even breathing is under threat

  • Every year St Martin-in-the-Fields holds a service for those who have died homeless in London
  • Last year 105 names were read out
  • A few women, a sprinkling of foreign names
  • A group of homeless people sang:

    Jennifer Kavanagh

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