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Chatting with the homeless (part 2)

So today as part of my on going project into homelessness and poverty around Warwickshire I travelled to Coventry in order to talk with the homeless. However it was a miserable day and the weather was really not that great so it made it even harder to find people. I was shocked than in a city I wasn't able to find ONE homeless person, now you would see that as a good thing, the thought that obviously there isn't a problem, however you have to look around and you will see there is an ongoing problem. I went down to the subway where you really are hit with reality, a cardboard box, an old duvet, a drawer, bottles and the dampness. You go down another and its the same picture.

Could you imagine living like this?
Or sleeping on this?
Its the harsh reality of life, although I wasn't able to find the people who come back to these patches I was able to find a guy down another subway who told me a hear breaking story.
So this guy I met was Scottish, I didn't ask for his name or age but I discovered he's only been recently homeless, 6 months. He's been in Coventry since 1994 and has three sons in their twenties and a baby, so therefore he must of had two marriages. However he's on the street for drug and alcohol problems and therefore his wife has kicked him out. He seemed distressed when speaking of his baby that is now 1 and said he is desperate to get out of drinking so he can sort his life out. I asked where the nearest hostel was and he said he has to wait 6 months until he completely clean of alcohol nd then they can help him. He stays in the subway because it is safer than being in the town centre and lives here with another guy who I met briefly, he was very young, maybe early twenties. I asked how much he gets a day and he said barely anything, hardly £20. He wished us best luck for the future and seemed so content that I had stopped and gave him money.
After speaking to two homeless men now, you realise how polite and happy they are that someone actually cares. I guess it makes them feel actually human again to socialise with someone and the fact you stop you can tell it makes them feel like they are someone. I couldn't bare to walk away as he sat on his cardboard mattress looking gloomily into the subway, the rain pounding outside, it was a dark atmosphere and no one should have to live like that. It's heart breaking
The questions I so desperately want to know is, how can you live knowing your dad is on the streets, how can you live knowing your partner is suffering? Yes he said he had an alcohol and drug problem, people mess up right? Doesn't mean your family have to abandon you, he still spoke positively about his wife and children and yet they could easily walk past him like that.
This project is definitely one of the most interesting topics I've looked into and I cannot wait to put it all together into a short documentary and go and talk to more homeless people and understand their stories
ella xxx

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