Justice not Crisis were present at the Full Council meeting last week when Cllr John Lines presented his housing report to the City Council. He has finally admitted in his report that there are 30,000 people on housing waiting lists Told you John! He then proudly boasted that in response, last year Birmingham City Council built 22 Council Homes! (That figure is correct 22 – amazing ,John Lines thinks that is great news!! ) It a start but hardly great news.
It gets better tho the report went on to state there are homeless people sleeping rough in Birmingham, Cllr Lines has found them at last the official figure ?? 4 yes 4!! We don’t know what planet John is on but when we find out we will let you know.
We thought we would test the figure, considering 3 rough sleepers were in the Public Gallery with us when the figure of 4 was revealed.
Last night (12th Feb 2009) members of JNC walked parts of the City Centre to look for ourselves. We found many rough sleepers including Steve a 60 yr old man who lost his home when his friend passed away in a Council Flat recently, he lived with his friend and was evicted by the council.He has had no benefits for 3 weeks and has slept rough because the Salvation Army hostel wont take 60 year olds! more stories will follow ….
Five additional rough sleepers( Making 8 ) have now moved from the dale end car park and are living at the Firebird Social Centre where they can get a hot meal and a drink. John Lines you should be ashamed of yourself!
We will continue to document evidence of just how many homeless people are sleeping rough in our City. We have already established it is considerably more than 4!!