Monday, March 17, 2014

Declan emails the chairman of West London Churches Homeless Concern a second time after being kicked awake in the middle of the night

Since 7 January, we have been bedding down with 35 other rough sleepers in a rolling winter night shelter programme run by the West London Churches Homeless Concern (WLCHC). Women sleep separately, so I didn't learn about Declan's troubles last night until early this morning. Last week, he was twice kicked awake in the middle of the night by another rough sleeper (see blog of 10 March); last night, not only was he kicked awake in the middle of the night, but the head of the night staff had to physically extricate the rough sleeper's legs from Declan's mat. This is Declan's second email to the chairman of WLCHC on health and safety grounds:

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Paragraph 30 from Declan's complaint last month to the United Nations includes the Single Homeless Project’s recent offer of flat that still seems to me pie in the sky. Once the WLCHC programme closes on 10 April, we are facing incarceration for rough sleeping in the Barbican estate, which is owned by the City of London (public property), for want of a place to safely sleep following the fencing off of our previous sleeping pitch in December 2013. But of course, before we are arrested we are looking at some form of violent attack (see blog of 1 January, "Declan calls into Bishopsgate Police Station for a crime intel report").