Every pro-homeless thing I post gets support from my friends, and I love you for it.
Even 10 year’s ago it would be almost unthinkable to post pro-homeless things with any real support, and mostly just abuse would result.
I still get the indifference, still the abuse. I still have people use my status as an ex-homeless person against me.
I still have people pretend that the moment my homelessness comes up in a discussion or debate automatically means my voice no longer counts.
And it still hurts every time.
But I always knew that was how the world worked. It’s what I grew up knowing, and so as frustrating as it is, it’s just something I know to expect.
What’s amazing is to see how that’s becoming less normal, or at least less accepted as normal. To see how I find myself surrounded by people throughout the world who reject anti-homeless prejudice as being “normal”, and who reject homelessness as “normal” as well as the narratives that perpetuate it.
It’s not an easy issue, because we live in a system that not only exacerbates it, but which normalises the victimisation of homeless people – and even worse, commodifies us in order to profit from our perpetual stigma.
But every time I tackle the deep and disturbing issues, I find people who feel the same about the injustice and about what it means to be human.
I can’t ever truly put into words what it means.
Does aggressive begging exist?
Is aggressive begging the problem of homelessness?
It’s a cause of a shit system that values property rights over those who should have right to shelter.
The person who you encounter who aggressively begs you isn’t the problem.
It’s the landlords who profit from keeping 200,000 long term empty properties, which could House even our hidden homeless 2-3 times over, in order to inflate the housing market who are the problem.
Aggressive begging exists.
It’s not the problem.
It’s a symptom of the problem.
Get your heads around that.
The numbers speak for themselves.
We can House everyone tonight.
We can then pay for their support tonight.
Aggressive beggars are a problem for our economic system.
They aren’t a problem to humanity.