Homeless in rags and some with bags
They hang around on the ground
From Tinseltown to Norfolk Downs
They grow and swell along with the cloud
Moved on from everywhere they settle
Personalities not deemed worth the metal
Clean blood, no drugs, no pets
The rules of the roof to be met
Watching those whose bones unfroze
Walk by with noses held high
Choose not to see the dirt in which you hide
When they entered into the pact
Lives do not look at or choose to face
Worlds created for those they displaced
Nothing to do with them, they’ll say
Go on with their busy, useful day
You took their home, their thrones, their land
Deserving of the dirt you land
Your moral compass is somewhat squared
With your invisible gods up there
Humanity is lost to you when deities
Or lies tell you what to do
Souls lost, still sleep out in the cold
Especially if frail, disabled or old
No more deserving than you or me
Good grace is where it is at
Giving something back.
Charity begins at home
If you have benefited from the sale of their homes
Should you not feel obliged
To leave your hatred aside
Not for the gods and your immaculate domes
Not for the peoples you left
But for the land which saved you
And gave you benefit.
By Samantha “unextraordinarybint” Harris
Now a rant about the housing crisis in UK…
England had mainly social housing for decades until the Tories started selling it off. There is a large house building policy in place but these are private homes not for social housing – to imagine that homeless people are homeless because of ‘lack of affordable housing’ is quite frankly a fucking joke.
It is the policies which have made so many homeless. Not replacing the social housing which has been sold into private ownership. Simple. Alongside a Tory policy which also saw 20,000 Syrians re homed here under a special scheme. Very charitable.
The UK social housing policy allows tenants to buy social housing properties at knocked down price…as such much of the housing stock is now privately owned and unavailable as social housing. The UK law allows purchase within five years of receiving a social housing property currently and has for the last few decades.
Individual councils have their own policies as to who get’s allocated a social housing property and as I have continually pointed out to the council this breaks the law on equality as per the UN Convention. Basically the council hand pick the property you are allowed to bid on if you need housing. So Tamil housing has there own policy, Three Rivers have theirs and so on.
I’m rather fed up of our laws being broken and after waiting for several months for the councillors to investigate I’ve decided to vent my frustrations via poetry. I mean no harm to anyone but will defend myself when in a corner.
My housing association attempted to evict me on spurious grounds and I know of others who have been evicted. There is no recourse or appeal. Disabled people’s right are being stomped on and ignored.
We have a council staffed full of success stories. Let’s have some compassion rather than contempt – disabled people have rights and they should be being observed.
I applaud our country for helping others. But our governments should have been safeguarding our social housing not selling it off. Five years is not long enough to be a tenant before being able to purchase property.
I would argue that the Right to Buy policy be withdrawn until the housing crisis is over.
To the Russian woman who attacked me when I moved into the block. Fuck you. I have just as much right to social housing, if not more. Already living in social housing but awaiting a larger property my Russian attacker reckoned that as I was disabled I must be lying about my illness to get a home…divide and conquer tactics at their finest.
What can one say? Thanks for reading and all comments welcome.