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Crisis mongering - from CRISIS

False Facts and True Myths

The homeless charity CRISIS has failed to acknowledge that its raison d'etre is disappearing. There has been a spectacular drop in the numbers of rough sleepers. The problem is diminishing, but there is no celebration from the homeless charities.

A hugely expensive gimmick by Crisis was sent to MPs to convince us that the problem is growing and that we need their services to an increasing extent. They are the stretched defination of homeless into areas on which they have little or no expertise.

The commonsense understanding is that Homeless Paeople atre people without homes. The stretched meaning includes anyone with any housing problem.

Boxes inside boxes were posted to MPs with the alleged myths and facts reproduced below. This Early Day Motion was tabled on the Commons Order Paper on the 13th July 2004 signed by 18 MPs.Below are a few suggested alternative myths and facts.

EDM Reduction in Homeless

That this House congratulates the Rough Sleepers Unit on their brilliant success in reducing the numbers of rough sleepers from 1998 to 2003 from 1229 to 237 in Greater London and from 1850 to 504 in England; recognises that few of the remaining rough sleepers lack shelter but have problems of alcohol or drug addiction, mental ill-health or the effects of institutionalisation in the armed services, prisons or care homes; regrets the failure of certain homeless charities to acknowledge this success believes their attempts to expand the definition of homelessness serves only their own self-interests.

CRISIS False Facts and True Myths

True Facts
MYTH: Most homeless charities need donations.
FACT: Some homeless charities are so rich they indulge themselves in useless expensive gimmicks.

MYTH: Government policies on rough sleepers have had little effect.
FACT: The Rough Sleepers Unit has reduced rough sleepers in five years from 3,000 to 700.

MYTH: Most rough sleepers have not been offered acceptable housing.
FACT: Almost all rough sleepers have previously been in two or three acceptable housing situations.

MYTH: There is an increased need for homeless charities.
FACT: The overprovision of homeless charities has forced them to expand the definition of homeless into areas in which the soup and blanket providers have little or no expertise.

MYTH: Anyone living in an overcrowded, imperfect housing without a fitted kitchen or patio is homeless.
FACT: Homeless people are people without homes.

MYTH: Homeless charities deserve support.
FACT: Homeless charities are often solutions in search of problems.

MYTH Homeless charities exist to aid the homeless
FACT: Homeless Charities’ main preoccupations are inventing crises and defending their empires.

MYTH: Homelessness is at its highest level since 1997.
FACT: The total without shelter or a roof are at the lowest level since 1997

MYTH: People sleep rough because they have no housing.
FACT: People sleep rough because of alcohol or drug addiction, mental ill-health or the effects of institutionalisation in the armed services, prisons or care homes.