Misconceptions

With so much currently in the press about begging, rough sleeping and homelessness, it’s hard to tell the fact from fiction.

Here we shed the light on some of the most common misconceptions.

MYTH: 

All people who beg in Nottingham are homeless.

TRUTH: 

Begging and homelessness are two very different things. In Nottingham, the majority of people who ask for money on the streets have places to stay and actually travel into the city for the purpose of begging, often to fund their addictions. Although these people still need support for their complex issues, they do not necessarily need help with housing. 

MYTH: 

There is no help for homeless people in Nottingham.

TRUTH: 

There are lots of places that homeless people can go for help in Nottingham. Please see our SERVICES AND SUPPORT pages for more information. Limitations to that are when homeless people reject the help that they are offered or are evicted from shelters due to violence or drug misuse. Even in these cases, help will still be available where the person is willing to address their addictions or behavioural issues.

MYTH: 

The Council could just open up vacant buildings to help house rough sleepers and homeless people.

TRUTH: 

Rough sleeping is not just a housing issue. While it may seem like the simplest solution, there is a lot more to helping people than putting a roof over their head. People who sleep rough often have many issues including physical and mental health issues, addictions and offending histories. These people need longer term, professional support to address all these issues together to help them off the streets for good. 

MYTH: 

Giving money directly to homeless people is the most effective way to help them.

TRUTH: 

Giving people on the streets money, food or clothes directly isn’t the best way to help them. It’s understandable why many people choose to help in this way, but many rough sleepers are living with problems that no amount of gifts or short-term help can solve. These problems require specialist treatment and support, which are provided by the organisations in our SERVICES AND SUPPORT pages, which is why we recommend giving money directly to these organisations so that your generosity can have the most positive impact.

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