There are many ways to help the homeless, beyond just throwing money at charities. Most homeless people do not choose to live this way – often caused by being widowed, divorced, ill or escaping abuse. It’s cold, dangerous, boring and most homeless people die age 47 (men) or 43 (women). Streetlink lets you contact authorities or hostels, if you concerned for a homeless person. Also see how to help dogs of homeless people.
Most homeless people would love a nice hot shower, as well as somewhere to wash and dry clothes and blankets (including dog blankets). Looking and feeling good, is also paramount to finding work and a home.
- ShowerBox offers a free secure shower to 9000 homeless Londoners, who may go weeks or months without a shower. This also helps to stop the spread of contagious diseases.
- Orange Sky Australia is a good idea from Australia, set up by friends who run a van on a generator that lets homeless people get their laundry done for free. Powered by volunteers, it now offers a hot meal, while people wait for their laundry to finish.