Charity seeks Olympic legacy for homeless people
With 100 days to go until the Olympics, a homelessness charity is calling for a commitment to ensure the games result in improved support for homeless people.
St Mungo’s is urging the mayor of London to ensure homeless people are not forgotten or left behind after the games.
Current mayor Boris Johnson has made tackling homelessness a key focus in the run up to the Olympics, with a target to end rough sleeping in the capital by 2012. The charity is urging Mr Johnson – or whoever succeeds him as mayor following an election next month – to ensure this continues.
Charles Fraser, chief executive of St Mungos, said: ‘We hope that the national pride we all feel at hosting the games will highlight the philanthropy of the public and the progressiveness of some of our social programmes.
‘We urge the mayor to ensure that our games are remembered for being generous and inclusive, and to strongly resist any attempt to airbrush homeless people out of the picture.’
St Mungo’s is calling for faster responses to homeless people’s health needs, higher aspirations for homeless people, and a stronger national commitment to funding supported housing for homeless people.