Letter: Homelessness - Charity should begin at home

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I read with interest the recent articles regarding offers of help for refugees, including the offers of accommodation.

It saddens me that there are those that are without a home or shelter, food, clothes or money and importantly someone to love and care for them.

But these are not refugees seeking entry into Britain, these are already British citizens that are homeless in their own country. We see them on our streets every day.

Whilst there are charities and voluntary groups that help in some small way, it clearly is not enough when there has been a 55 per cent increase since 2010.

There are many reasons for homelessness, and the individual who finds themselves in this situation is not always the cause. Although they are often unfairly criticised and condemned.

We read of politicians from both local and central government, celebrities and others offering accommodation, being charitable and welcoming. Perhaps it’s time for charity to begin at home, just this once.

Hilary Baines

Ripon