I am reading your article on homelessness and I cannot help but be annoyed.
i was a homeless persons officer for 7 years first with a large inner city authority and then with a district council and although it is nearly 18 years since I last carried out the statutory role nothing much has changed to end the disgraceful practice of dumping homeless families in what is often no more than squalid unwanted run down excisting housing stock or bed and breakfast
hostels or the more dubious use of the term homeless at home.
This scandal of treating homeless people with disregard was the reason I left local authority housing often the poor housing officer interviews an applicant and determines they are in priority need only to have the dicision frowned upon by a senior officer who is only concerned with statistics and not the statutory requirement that binds them to provide adequate temporary accomadation for the homeless person.
Many factors should be considered when making provision for temporary accomadation and that includes allowing the homeless person the ability to maintain contact with their family social workers health workers etc.
However too often as this article has shown people are shipped off to remote areas where they are not able to access support of other parties and I believe that this practice is been used as it was in the past when I was an officer to break the resolve of many homeless people to such an extent that they will give up the temporary accomadation and then allow the council to discharge their duty but as i have read in your piece it seems to be still going on did we learn nothing from Cathy Come Home?