This Manchester Student has started a petition to house homeless people over the winter.
Considerable sections of the largest student area in Manchester are filled with empty, vacant halls. Owen’s Park hosts three buildings which stand empty in Fallowfield, called Allen Hall, whilst the top block of the largest tower student housing, is also empty.
A Manchester student, Spencer Kay, has called for these empty rooms to be opened up to the homeless this winter, with records revealing that it is set to be the coldest one since 2010.
Spencer is hoping that by opening up the spare rooms in Manchester, people will not die on the streets this winter.
The plan will give homeless people a temporary lease for a month, with the petition having an aim of 100 signatures by the end of the week, it will the be delivered to the Residential Services Director.
This petition joins the various other initiatives to tackle homelessness in major inner city areas, with Manchester having the highest levels in the UK.
A study by the guardian has also revealed this week that staggering numbers of children are now living in temporary shelter or are also homeless, temporary shelter simply consisting of one room for one whole family, with nothing to cook on.
An estimated 128,000 children are facing these conditions, whilst 140 families become homeless everyday.
Notable charity Shelter have labelled the homeless rate a ‘national scandal’, with one 17 year old girl claiming that she lived with her parents and three siblings in one room for four months.
There are around 100,000 temporary households in the UK, whilst the number of people sleeping rough has increased by 134% since 2010.
The chief executor of Shelter has expressed her horror at the levels of people waking up cold and wet every morning; ‘It’s shocking to think that today, more than 300,000 people in Britain are waking up homeless. Some will have spent the night shivering on a cold pavement, others crammed into a dingy hostel room with their children. And what is worse, many are simply unaccounted for.’
The Government are claiming that they are doing what they can through their Homeless Reduction Act, yet the movement seems to be lacking in affect, as numbers are rising everyday.
A National Audit Office have heavily criticised the government, accusing them of ‘failing to get a grip’ on homelessness, stating that housing allowance cuts helped to fuel the ‘eventual crisis’ that is homelessness; ‘We are determined to tackle all forms of homelessness, which includes making sure people in temporary accommodation are getting support to keep a roof over their heads.’
If you are interested in helping the homeless of Manchester, then please sign the petition below.
For more information, visit the shelter website.