Media Release: Sunday Herald Christmas Appeal for Simon Community Scotland

Media Release 27th November 2016

LIFE on the street it brutal. And short. The average life expectancy of someone living there is just 44. Rough sleeping kills people.

Seeing people sleeping in a doorway or down a lane is the most common image of homelessness – but it takes many forms. It might be rough sleeping, but it might, equally, be sleeping on a friend’s sofa, with nothing immediately on the horizon, when it comes to a place to call home.

The issues are headline-grabbing and the statistics horrifying. A homeless person is 13 times more likely to experience violence, 47 times more likely to be the victim of theft and three times more likely to have been a victim of a road traffic accident.

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