Last week I stopped by a homeless shelter ran by the excellent GrowTH charity at St Matthias Church, Poplar. John Biggs, Assembly Member for City and East and Tom from my office joined me for what was a revealing visit.
The shelter provides somewhere to sleep at night for those who have fallen on hard times and need temporary accommodation to help them get back on their feet.
Last month we found out that homelessness has doubled in Tower Hamlets since 2010 to 326 people. However the statistics only tell one side of the story. It’s clear from the personal stories I heard there are more homeless people than the governments letting on and not enough is being done to help these people get into work and off the street.
I’d like to thank GrowTH for their invitation to visit. More about them here.