Last week my wife and I sat down to watch the show on SBS – Filthy Rich and Homeless. Like many who watched it, we found it  confronting. While reflecting on the journey of the five protagonists, I had an overwhelming sense of guilt that this had been ignored by our society for so long. It’s like homelessness is invisible and that the homeless people have the problems. The reality is that homelessness itself is the problem – not the people.

Sadly homelessness is increasing, particularly in our youth, with children as young as 12 years old finding themselves homeless. This is tragic. Affordable housing is they key step to ending homelessness but sadly governments have been passing the buck for too long. Nobody is taking responsibility.

The truth is that we as a community must take action to hold government accountable for failures in policy that are leading to increases in homelessness.

I have a strong inclination now of making my own contribution towards helping the homeless. Blessed with the skills, equipment  and a career in health, it’s the least I can do! I am working on something for December. It’s very exciting but I can’t say too much at the moment. suffice it to say – watch this space!

Looking forward to realising my dreams of working for the greater good.

Best,

Jalal

 

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