Homelessnness kills, yet it seems like the world is still walking on by while it happens, says a senior Church of Scotland minister.
On average a homeless person dies 30-years before their neighbours and while that statistic is shocking, it is no surprise, writes Rev Ian Galloway, Convener of the Kirk’s Church and Society Council, in his regular blog.
Mr Galloway declares: “It’s not just the lack of a roof – it’s the lack of purpose, identity, place and belonging that grinds down the souls of those who have nowhere to lay their heads each evening. Homelessness kills and it seems like the world is still walking on by.”
The Church of Scotland’s CrossReach and many others from the voluntary and statutory sectors save the lives of homeless people everyday.
But the solution is in a level of material and spiritual investment that government and citizens do not seem ready to make yet, he suggests.
Mr Galloway writes: “It is not just beds, food and a roof we need to find... that will cost a lot but when human lives are at stake, it seems a small price to pay.”