While others are enjoying the effect of effective heating Nottingham, there are those who are getting through their nights sleeping in the street. The sad news is that the number of rough sleepers in the area is considerably higher than before. This is based on the figures gathered by the city council of Nottingham.
For the month of January, there was an average of 49 people who are sleeping on the street each night with the inclusion of those who are in the emergency provision category. This number is higher compared to the month of November last year when there were only 34 and December with 41 rough sleepers.
Andrew Redfern, the chief executive officer of Framework which is a charity dedicated in helping those who are homeless, said that the number of individuals spending the night on the streets has increased by 140 per cent in Nottingham. There were 283 rough sleepers on March 2013 and it has spiked to 678 for March 2018.
Nottingham City Councilor Toby Neal said that eight years ago the city is not in the state it is in now. According to him, if they are to focus on the solution of constructing additional houses or to increase the available flats for tent, it will only be beneficial for a small percentage of people. The real problem lies in those people with more complicated needs but since the support system provided by the government is only for those in emergency or only reactive in nature, the homeless are not given the appropriate system that will work for their need.
Kim Pike is another fellow who is currently working with organization that wanted to eliminate homelessness. He believes that providing a home is not the best solution. There are others who have more complex needs such as trauma or damaging experiences that prevents them from inhabiting a permanent home. This is why many turn to alcohol and drugs in order to cope.
Many families enjoy effective heating Nottingham but the government should look beyond the need for a home and answer the most pressing needs of those who prefer to sleep on the street.