So the UK has this impending explosion of homelessness building up, apparently.
Are we all just going to stand by and watch it happen?
Letting the homelessness tsunami happen will increase health disparities even further. Pandemic-related job losses have impacted the socioeconomic disadvantaged (women, minorities) disproportionately.
What solutions can we come up with to prevent this Covid-related flood of homelessness?
At the same time, we have so many homes and large buildings standing empty and not accruing any active income from being used. They’re mere investments, waiting for time to pass and their value to increase so that they can be sold off.
As if they were Bitcoins instead of homes.
We could start making an inventory of these empty homes and prepare them for evicted people to move into. For purely practical reasons, that might work. It is a lot of work to remove people from homes that were standing empty anyway. The same practical reasons may also mean that the flood of evictions will soon be simply too massive for courts and bailiffs to handle. These two practical factors might work very well in tandem, eventually.
But the latter is not the case yet at the start of this wave of homelessness.
I’ve found over the years that it is useless to contact any existing organisations in the UK. They all have their own agendas and they rigidly stick to those agendas, has been my experience.
So if something like the above needs to be done, it will require setting up new groups of people who will DO THIS.
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP, has told the House of Commons that the Vagrancy Act should be “consigned to history”.
Oh, that’s good of him, isn’t it?
At the same time, the UK government has quietly eroded the corona virus eviction protection – which was much less extensive than the one in the US to begin with – Lime Legal informed me this morning. It pointed me towards this article: