Visitors of Boscombe Salvation Army told Buzz their personal solutions to the homelessness in Bournemouth and the UK. From first a hand point of view, their ideas reflect the harsh reality of what it is like to be without a home.
Chris, 25, told Buzz he lived in a car for nearly three weeks as his home was deemed unsafe after his next door neighbour set alight to his house. As he was under 25 he couldn’t get help from the government. The Salvation Army helped Chris find work, the project still help him get food parcels “For those bad times.”
‘There should be more places for people in need of shelter”, Chris suggested to allow the homeless to have the abandoned, non- lived in buildings which are often popular with squatters.
Dean Rogers, 48, from Bethnal Green, was visiting the salvation army for his second time, to use the showers to “Freshen up, get clean and relax for a few hours because he’s on the streets all day.” Dean has be homeless for eight weeks, he told us he doesn’t like Bournemouth: “The council won’t re-home you unless you have local connections, take away local connections, because at the end of the day i think it’s against human rights.”
Garry Walker is apart of a renovation project on a derelict house. After meeting a Man whose house was ruined by squatters whilst he was in hospital, Garry, who was living on the streets, was given the opportunity to live in a house if he was to help renovate it. He called himself ‘project manager’ and told Buzz they find homeless people with a
trade to live in and help fix up the house, offering them both food and shelter in exchange for labour.