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Before Peri died Lloyd had contacted his sons in Greece to see if they would meet him when he got home. Lloyd said: ‘The worst thing is they got back to me a few weeks after he died and said that would be great.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, monitoring the death of rough sleepers, said the 449 deaths were of those registered as homeless but warned the official death toll could be significantly higher because there is no official definition of homelessness.
They've compiled stories of people who have died on the streets
They've listed about 15.
So how do they get to their figure?
By Frank Hovis
This is so good that I'm surprised it hasn't bene done before. It's not easy but what this guy, Chris Hildrey, an architect by profession, is working towards is a system whereby each homeless person can have a proper postal address which will make receieving benefits and getting a job so much easier for a tiny cost.
I, like most people, have always linked an address with living there but this delinks those two concepts so that you can be street homeless but still have a postal address to access the services that will allow you to get off the street. I did like the thought of using the number 13 because of all the streets that don't have a so-numbered house. Good old 12a.
It's existed in other forms - BFPO and Poste Restante - but this is IMO taking it to another level.
It may also help people who aren't "traditionally" homeless. I knew somebody who, through choice, lived on a yacht in a boat yard and every year or two sailed to a new one. He said there was quite a crowd doing this mainly single men He had perfectly routine temporary office jobs. He however had no address, I think he used a family member's for permament stuff, and when he tried couldn't be registered to vote.
He looks to have a way to go yet but he is being very practical with this. Well done sir!
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