Homeless questions answered

An artist who emailed 110 councils seeking basic advice for homeless people says only 10 replied fully. Anthony Luvera asked authorities across the UK about access to shelter, safety, food, and healthcare. Of those asked, 41 did not respond at all, while 59 either sent an auto-reply or pointed to organisations or charities offering help in the area. The replies form the basis of an exhibition in Bristol called Frequently Asked Questions and is on display at the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft until 12 December.

The exhibition shows the councils’ responses – including the auto-replies, using pie charts and graphs.

“It was a very simple set of questions asking for help,” he said. “The work shows the system designed to help homeless individuals is broken. The fact the responses vary so much show authorities not sharing best practice and not learning how to support their communities as best as they can,” said Mr Luvera.

The information requested is available on Streetsupport and  Southampton, Portsmouth, Leeds and Manchester were among the 10 authorities who gave a full reply.

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