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St Martins Housing Trust strives to address the needs of single homeless people. We offer emergency accommodation, care, support and development to enable everyone to achieve their f full potential and a greater level of independence.
Well for some places the work slows down in the summer but for us it's full steam ahead! The number of people accessing the centre is up by 23% when compared with this time last year and we've introduced 6 new courses to our members in 2017.
We are very lucky to be supported by a number of funders and so far this year, this has included:
Healthy Norwich, The Brief Community Fund and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund.
Another strong supporter has Been the Police Crime Commission, who over the past 2 years funded a number of programmes including our highly successful Trusted Tenants Programme. The funding came to an end at the end of March, see right for some of the results from this funding:
Some of our members were involved with local theatre production company 'The Common Lot' this summer. The production, "Come Yew In" was a free outdoor play celebrating 700 years of migration to the city of Norwich. The show consisted of lots of sketches about all the different nationalities that have come and contributed to Norwich since 1600's.
As well as the performers, members of our staff were involved with the background and set up of the production.
Come yew in
Art Work of
A big thank you to Belona who has been running the Press Ahead journalism course at Under-1-Roof for the last two months. Everyone who participated has learnt so much and this newsletter is a direct consequence of all her efforts. If you want to try your hand at writing an article for the newsletter or you have an opinion you want heard then please come and join the editorial team between 11am and 12am every thursday. We need your contributions and enthusiasm.
Fast forward almost two centuries, and these antiquated laws – and imperious attitudes – are still very much with us. In the period from 2006 to 2014, the number of court cases for “vagrancy-related offences” in England increased by 70%, from 1,510 prosecutions to 2,365. The most noteworthy cases involved three men who were very nearly prosecuted for taking food waste from a supermarket refuse bin and an operation in Sussex involving undercover police, which led to the arrest of 60 rough sleepers for begging.
This is the work of successive governments. Civil orders introduced under Tony Blair to target “street-crime” effectively led to a clampdown on begging , which sanctioned homeless communities en mass. When the coalition government came to power in 2010, these civil orders were amended to give local authorities even greater powers over what people do in public spaces.
In particular, Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), brought in under the 2014 Anti social behaviour crime and policing act allowed local authorities to enforce on-the-spot fines for certain activities. Predictably, local authorities are applying these new powers to target homeless people by sanctioning what they do in public spaces: street drinking, begging, camping in parks, defecating and urinating and in some cases even sleeping.
To make matters worse, private owners of commercial land are boarding up shop doorways and erecting spikes and using possession laws to forcibly remove the homeless from commercial spaces.
THE DARK HISTORY OF HOMELESSNESS
Since the onset of austerity in 2010, the estimated number of people sleeping rough in England has more than doubled, from 1,768 in 2010 to 4,134 in 2016. As the number of homeless people increases, while support and services are diminishing, rough sleepers are becoming ever more visible in British cities.
But rather than finding ways to accommodate the homeless, the UK government has sought to criminalise them. From archaic vagrancy laws, to the more recent Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), governments have been passing new laws and reviving old ones which result in the punishment of people with no fixed abode.
People without access to land or property are denied the freedom to roam, sit, eat, wash or sleep in public spaces. Or, where local authorities do lawfully permit street homeless people to access and use public spaces (e.g. homeless camps), these sites are routinely monitored by criminal justice agencies, bringing the homeless under direct surveillance and control.
Modern day vagrants
The criminalisation of the homeless can be traced back to 1824 and beyond, when vagrancy laws were implemented to control the spread of urban poverty at the height of the industrial revolution. During this time, land privatisation was being rolled out on a mass scale and hundreds of thousands of people who lacked the means to purchase property were displaced from their homes and stopped from accessing the land they once lived on.
The fight for the right to exist!!
In austerity Britain, these movements are gathering momentum and stirring up indignation about the uneven distribution of wealth, property and land. Some resistance movements are even occupying empty properties to make space for homeless people and homeless communities themselves are documenting their own daily struggle as they fight for the right to exist in public spaces.
Homelessness itself is not yet a crime, but anti-homeless laws and strategies are restricting homeless people’s freedom and turning everyday activities into punishable offences. Yet survival defines the daily lives of homeless people, and in the face of oppression they will find new ways to expose the violence and prejudice they encounter in the every day. Our fight continues...
THE STATES IMPOSED LIE
Lessons learnt means no accountability
UK's elite to escape responsibility
Lessons learnt is state imposed lie
Grenfel tower you didn't have to die
Lessons learnt is cover for state abuse
Escaping Justice recommendations excuse
Lessons learnt is a cop out line
Local community will end up paying the fine
Lessons learnt established sound bite
Not any more these words will smite
Lesson Learnt always vulnerable and poor
Same old enquiry you know the score.
Lessons learnt is the deep states sell
Elites don't care a line to tell
UK state hides behind lessons learnt
After Grenfel that excuse burnt
Lessons Learnt means no accountability
Rich get richer with no responsibility
Grenfel community grief and distress
Compounded now with HOMELESSNESS
Despite technical difficulties with microphones, they made themselves heard but singing acoustically. Songs included a cracking cover of Psycho killer plus two originals. The band rehearse hard every Tuesday at Under One Roof. The Undies are: Chris Parsons- vocals, Jo Edney - vocals, Michael Haines - vocals and kahon, David Hill - rhythm guitar, Clayton Pettet - lead guitar, Sue Tebble - bass and vocals.
We are always up for new musicians and creative input. We are at Under One Roof every Tuesday from 2 -4 come and get involved.
Our very own in house band The Undies performed at the Norfolk Recovery Partnership Festival at Hellesdon Hospital On Friday 23rd June.
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD AS WE THAT OUR LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM