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Peter is Homeless | by Mark L Edwards
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Peter is Homeless

Peter was on crutches when we met him at Trafalgar Square. He is having problems getting any support from the local authorities as he comes from Southend / Canvey.


I was in London with Nadia ("Homeless Girl" Blog) and Mark Hovarth from talking to homeless people in London taking photographs and doing a video interview to get their story and wishes for the future. We met many interesting homeless people as part of a project to highlight the issues of being homeless in the UK. There is a wide diversity of people that end up sleeping rough on the streets. Many find that sleeping rough is better for them than using the homeless hostels. This can be due to a number of reasons but often due to drug users and some aggressive alcoholics. London authorities don't want to support people who are from outside their area.


Peter has a problem with drink but was lucid, articulate and friendly when we met him. What ever issues and history Peter may have he needs help.


Both Mark and Nadia who accompanied me on the day have been homeless but managed to get off the streets and turn their lives around and are now helping homeless people with the publicity they generate via their blog and website/s.

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Taken on July 2, 2012