A 12 day campaign set up by Jerome Wittingham, a photographer, interviewer, and digital media producer that has been studying homelessness for over 10 years, aims to shed light upon homelessness in Hull. The campaign, funded by the Hull City Council, aims “to look at all issues of homelessness” according to Jerome.
When asked about some of the major issues facing homeless people, Jerome said: “There is a lot of provision of food, it’s too freely available. Some of the projects could be campaigning for more available housing so that the homeless have a place to sleep, instead of giving food to them.
“The system is also very punished based; you can’t get a hostel space if you are known as an alcoholic.”
The number of homeless households has fluctuated over the last decade in Hull. Here is the number of homeless households in Hull from 2000 to 2004; here is the number of homeless households in Hull from 2007 to 2010. (Statistics, 2008)
Mike, from Hull, who has been homeless for 6 weeks after being released from prison for drug abuse, said: “Humbercare are getting me a bed set. I signed for that, and because i have a bad leg, i’ll be able to get my sick claim in, then can start getting my money. Benefits will pay for my rent up until my leg gets better.”
According to Mike, here are the main hostels in Hull where the homeless sleep.
Although he is getting a place to sleep, Mike has faced some challenges with Humber care.
Statistics, N. (2008) http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?adminCompAndTimeId=23195%3A25&a=7&b=6275144&c=HU2+9BP&d=13&r=0&e=7&f=23213&o=221&g=6380144&i=1001x1003x1004x1005&l=656&m=0&s=1483538995305&enc=1