Discussion with activists and politicians confirmed that there is nothing inevitable about this crisisby Eliza Slawther / September 15, 2017 / Leave a comment
Rebekah was kicked out of her parents’ home when she was just 17.
“The bus station was the scariest place I stayed because there were a lot of people going in and out, and even at three, four in the morning there are a lot of people there… people you don’t know,” she recounted. “I didn’t have a phone. I didn’t have contact with anybody. It was really scary. I was really dehydrated and hungry. I would go into coffee shops to get water but I didn’t eat much during that time. I lost quite a lot of weight. People would come up to me and call me a tramp.”
Rebekah managed to receive help from the homeless charity Centrepoint, which supports young people who find themselves on the streets. Unfortunately, her story is becoming all too common. Rates of homelessness in the UK have long been on the rise—and that rise shows no sign of slowing.