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Reader Letter: The homeless are invisible

PUBLISHED: 11:28 21 October 2018

A homeless person sleeping rough on a bench outside Norwich City Hall.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A homeless person sleeping rough on a bench outside Norwich City Hall. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

One reader says they are distressed to see the homeless treated as if they were invisible. What do you think?

Recently I visited Norwich to do the GoGo Hares Trail map.

They were wonderful and bright, but unfortunately I was unable to go further than the city centre and market place, because I was horrified by the sight and plight of the so many homeless rough sleepers on pavements, slumped in shop doorways, churchyards and walkways.

I was upset to see a woman step over a young man, who is after all someone’s son, with no thought whatsoever.

He was curled up in his sleeping bag on the pavement outside a charity shop. It was lunchtime, very busy, yet no-one noticed him. He was invisible, discarded rubbish.

It is all well meaning for local MPs and officials to say it is a national disgrace and unforgiveable that we allow homeless to die forgotten in our towns and cities. Surely something has to be done to help our rough sleepers now.

A disturbing thought entered my head seeing all the homeless people. Why not have a GoGo Homeless 2019 in Norwich next year. Hunting for the homeless and rough sleepers in our city. Donations to the shelters, Salvation Army and volunteers, possible to fund a hostel.

Do you agree with our reader? Let us know in the comments below or write to us at edpletters@archant.co.uk

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