We don't think of something as a problem until it affects us. But homelessness affects us when people make us feel sad in the street because they're dirty and have a sign with a sad story asking us for money.
Sometimes they don't have those things but we see them sleeping in a vestibule on the side of a supermarket, or a bus shelter. This can also make us sad.
Melanie Raymond from Youth Projects joins us to talk about why homeless people might need more than just our privileged sympathy.
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Articles of Interest
When you're thinking about donating to organisations that help the homeless, spare a thought about who is being helped and who needs your help. Here's a piece from news.com.au from last September 2014.
"Gay or transgender youth feel alienated by faith-based homeless services"—SEPTEMBER 08, 2014