The figure of young homeless people in Britain is slowly rising, so now is the time to call for help and do all that we can to reach out to God for our people.
The number of people living in the UK aged between; 16 to 25 need help and assistance in providing for basic shelter. The figure is much higher than official statistics, more than three times the amount.
Housing experts at Cambridge University say that government figures do not do justice to the realistic amount of young people living on the streets.
Leviticus 25:35-36 in the Bible says: “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you.”
83,000 homeless people have had to rely on councils and charities for a roof to be put over their head, as they wait desperately for hope to pass them by. Many of these individuals have never been introduced to God and deep down are waiting for that person to stop by and give them the hope that they need.
So many people find themselves in situations that are not caused by themselves, and they are hopeless, with no faith in the world in which we live. Christians know that Jesus died on the cross for his people and He is our Saviour.
Official statistics from the Department for Communities and Local Government say that there are about 35,000 young people across Britain struggling to find a home, but this really isn’t the case.
The levels are worryingly high, and they just keep exceeding that figure.
Cambridge University’s study was commissioned by the homeless charity Centrepoint and shows the most in-depth and true understanding of what these people are going through.
Homelessness for these young people includes: rough-sleeping, sofa-sleeping in hostels and sharing rooms with strangers. The Official figures do not capture this and ignore all of these side elements that they are enduring. The criterion is some-what narrow and all of us Christians need to remember that the picture is much bigger.
Mo Ibrahim, 22, from London, came to Britain five years ago and in 2013 was thrown out of the family home.
“I used to sleep at the back of my mum’s house in a park on a bench and it was really horrible. I was lucky that it was summer. I would go to the shelter to have something to eat. When I used to sleep over there I’d worry that someone would do something to me.”
After two weeks of sleeping rough, Mo managed to get a place at Centrepoint.
“Everything changed when I went to the hostel, I started working and they would do anything they can to help you. When I started working I was talking to my mum again. She was asking how did I get a job and she was surprised about it. But now she knows that I’m in here and that I’m safe and I get on with her very well.”
So let’s stick together and help those in desperate need. We shall not forget about those who we cannot see, we shall not forget about those we cannot touch, feel or talk to but we shall remember and pray to our Saviour in His name for shelter, love and well-being for all.
Written by Gemma Smith