“Homelessness Is A Choice”

I’ve heard this phrase before and wonder what the speaker means by it.

Is it the choice of the homeless person?

Or is it our choice, as the priveledged rest of society and those with authority, to keep the homeless on the streets?

Very quickly after Boris Johnson announced the lockdown of the UK back in March, every rough sleeper was taken off the street

Why does it take a public health emergency to make us take action to support the homeless?

In recent years, charities and organisations working with the homeless in the UK have had their budgets cut.

As lockdown measures continue to be relaxed, we have a choice:

Will we choose to let homelessness return to how it was before the pandemic?

Or will we change our attitudes to helping those in need, as we were able to during a public health emergency?