Should you donate tents to the homeless?

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Image caption The variety of camping tents on Cardiff’s streets has actually soared in current weeks

Well-meaning individuals might be putting the homeless at threat by contributing camping tents, a Cardiff shelter chief has actually stated.

Richard Edwards, president of the Huggard Centre in Butetown, released the caution as camping tents continue to be set up on the city’s busiest shopping streets.

He stated those with camping tents were less most likely to accept expert aid and more susceptible to exploitation.

Cardiff council stated it knew more camping tents and would be meeting other firms to “discover a method forward”.

Image caption Shoppers revealed unhappiness that individuals were residing in camping tents in such cold, damp weather condition

“We discover it really unfortunate that no one can appear to do anything for them and they have actually pertained to this,” one lady shopping on Queen Street stated.

“I’m pleased they are under cover and no one has actually moved them on, however it is simply dreadful to see individuals really living like this.”

A guy on his method to work, Faustace, stated he was disgusted individuals were residing in camping tents in the city centre.

He stated: “I’m from Africa. You do not see that in Africa. It should not be occurring here, it’s revolting.”

Image caption Richard Edwards protected the shelter after homeless individuals stated it was awash with drugs

Staff at the Huggard Centre were “really concerned” about the issue, Mr Edwards stated, including it belonged to a more worrying pattern of increasing homelessness in Cardiff.

“We comprehend public desire to assist rough sleepers, nevertheless by providing a camping tent they are risking their health and psychological wellness,” he included.

“An individual in a camping tent is less most likely to desire or accept expert aid from any of the assistance organisations in Cardiff. It likewise leaves them susceptible to exploitation, to injury and possible death.

“While we do not concur with camping tents being by force gotten rid of from our city centre, we would ask the general public to believe really thoroughly about their actions.”

Image caption Ross stated the Huggard Centre was “too hazardous” for lots of people

Two homeless individuals stated some were picking to oversleep camping tents instead of go to the Huggard homeless shelter.

Ross, who has trauma and has actually been living in between night shelters and the street, stated the centre on Dumballs Road was swarming with burglars and drugs.

“There are groups down there on Spice and they are spiritually unhealthy,” he stated. “They are simply individuals that have actually had disappointments with their childhood in life.

“I dropped off to sleep and woke with an individual standing over me with my wallet in his hand. It is too unsafe there.”

He likewise declared individuals organized their camping tents together for security due to a variety of attacks.

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Media caption Richard, who resides on the streets of Cardiff, states he has “no hope”

Richard, 29, stated he fell under homelessness after leaving the Army and his relationship broke down.

“It is really dismaying – you awaken, you have not got anything, you are out in the cold and the rain and you simply quit. You simply do not understand what to do. There’s no hope,” he stated.

Like Ross, Richard stated he thought some were residing in camping tents to prevent remaining at the Huggard, including: “There’s a lot going on down there – Spice is a huge issue.”

Image caption One homeless male stated numerous camping tents are frequently seen together following attacks

Mr Edwards stated the centre had a zero-tolerance technique to drugs, and professional assistance was offered compound abuse.

“We provide a safe and inviting environment and we take the security of customers really seriously,” he included.

A Cardiff council representative stated: “We are worried that the increase in the variety of camping tents is having a direct influence on the varieties of rough sleepers who are choosing versus using up deals of assistance to come off the streets to get the professional assistance they require to turn their lives around.”

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46905116

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