Lately I have been feeling exhausted. Exhausted by the country we live in. This beautiful country so rich with culture and spirituality, amazing scenery and fucking horrendous homelessness figures – 10,000 Plus as of today, 28 March 2019.
I feel exhausted by personal attempts to make a difference to homelessness, NOT the housing crisis, HOMELESSNESS. The housing crisis contributes to homelessness but they are different but related problems.
I have tried to use my work in music to both raise funds and raise awareness for homelessness over the last few years but that is actually no longer necessary in a rising economy because actually most of the charities operating in this area are extremely well funded now. People cared, they reached into their pockets and helped the charities who are dealing with homelessness.
And yet the homeless figures continue to rise… Is that not incredibly fucked up?? We are funding charities to help those stuck in homelessness on top of paying taxes to a government who refuse to do anything sensible to solve the crisis?
I still volunteer every week with a charity dealing with families stuck in the homelessness cycle. Families living in B&Bs for 1-2 years with no expectation of housing. And the charity I volunteer with continue to visit them with food vouchers to help with the fact that in the main they cannot cook in these B&Bs so their cost of living is significantly higher than the average person. We also help with school costs, communions costs and a lot more.
I am pretty immune to emotion around this now as I have been volunteering for over 5 years now in this area. But every so often I look at the increase in the visits we have every week to the B&Bs in inner city Dublin, I look at the lack of time we can give an individual looking for our help (because of the sheer number of visits), and I look at the indignity of having to meet our clients in the lobby of a shitty B&B so the client has no real protection regarding privacy (we are not allowed into the bedrooms) …and every so often I feel despondent and broken hearted that Ireland has let this happen. But then I realise that even though the way we deliver this help is far from ideal, it makes a difference.
Charities make a difference to a problem that is being ignored by the Government. Surely we have got to a point where enough is enough.
Peter Mc Verry Homeless figures – 15,000 +
Official figures 28/03/2019 – 10,264
The charities are funded – we either shamefully continue to let them handle this crisis or it’s time to say enough is enough and speak up and rise up!