Mitigating Homelessness In Oxford Society

Mitigating Homelessness In Oxford Society

Oxford is home to the famous Oxford University; one of the leading university cities across the globe. It’s so popular that many parents dream of sending their children there. People always speak of great leaders that are the products of this University,  buildings that look similar to castles, the exclusive dinners, punting, summer balls and all kinds of wonderful things about this University city. Ignoring the fact that the University is one of the most beautiful places in England, Oxford itself, in common with other UK cities, has a large homeless population.

Homelessness and hunger outside the walls of the University is something unimaginable: safety, shelter and regular meals, something most of us take for granted, are sadly lacking for people experiencing this situation. Rather than helping out, many people judge these people to be lazy or simply believe they made themselves homeless one way or another and getting themselves a home is their individual responsibility. This is a misconception – no one chooses to be homeless, situations and circumstances lead them to it.

Why Should We Stand Up For Homeless People In Oxford?

Jan Schakowsky said, and I quote “There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.”

Regardless of several appeals from Oxford City Council urging the privileged residents of Oxford to make difference to those who are less privileged, especially the homeless people, the number of people sleeping rough in the street continue to increase on a daily basis.

Homelessness occurs as a result of many issues, it could be losing a job, low income, mental illness, divorce or a combination of these reasons.  It’s important for us to know that everyone, both rich and poor can be affected by this at any time. This can also adversely affect the economy.  It affects our society in a variety of ways including increased pressure on hospitals and emergency room visits, police intervention, imprisonment and so on, which make it a social issue. For instance, when a homeless person is admitted to a hospital, they may stay a few days more than normal, this adds up to additional costs on the NHS. When confronted with these facts, we believe that it’s time for us to stand up as a community and build a better society for all with no homeless people. https://homelessoxfordshire.uk/support-us/donate/, is a registered charity in Oxford, which operates under the Oxford City Council. Their goal is to reduce the homeless problem in Oxford but they cannot do it alone, they need you to contribute your quota towards the achievement. A life lived helping others is a life worth living, all of us cannot help everyone, but each of us can help someone and together we can help many.

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