Why We Are Different
- Working in solidarity and partnership with people affected by homelessness and striving for social and economic justice, social inclusion and equality of opportunity.
- Believing in the power of individuals to make an informed choice and to recognise the rights of individuals to actively participate in the decision-making processes that affect them.
- Challenging structures that serve to marginalise, discriminate against and exploit people who experience homelessness.
- The fundamental concept of equality.
- The distribution of power which does not discriminate on grounds such as age, gender, political beliefs, race, ethnicity, class, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or membership of the Travelling Community.
What is Homelessness?
Homelessness can be a very complex issue and there are many stereotypes associated with it. There are a range of difficulties that can cause people to experience homelessness and to require the support of Midlands Simon Community. The main challenges and difficulties we help people to overcome are:
- Poverty and the cycle of disadvantage/lack of opportunities
- Long-term health and mental health difficulties
- Severe financial difficulties
- Domestic violence/abuse
- Relationship breakdown
- Overcrowded, unsafe or unsuitable accommodation