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End of homelessness?

September 26 2009
The idea of stamping out homelessness by 2012 is either born of concern or is the start of clearing the streets before the Olympics A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said last month: "Last November Homeless Link, the organisation that represents homelessness charities, launched a target to end rough sleeping in the capital by 2012. This target, and the document Homeless Link produced in support of its work (Ending Homelessness - from vision to action), were published independent of the Mayor. "The Mayor has given his support to Homeless Link's target, as he welcomes the renewed focus it gives to all those responsible for meeting the needs of rough sleepers. His forthcoming Housing Strategy and Heath Inequalities Strategy will set out specific actions that he and his partners will take in responding to the needs of rough sleepers and all those in housing need in the capital. The Mayor is committed to working with London's homelessness organisations and others to deliver the 2012 target." What is interesting about this statement is the date; 2012. This begs the question whether this is a statement born of genuine concern, or the start of action to clear the streets before the Olympics come to London in that year. We couldn't get comment for this issue, but will look at the Ending Homelessness campaign in a future issue - is it a real plan or a cynical publicity stunt?