These UK Activists Converted a Double-Decker Bus Into a Homeless Shelter

During the summer, a homeless person can get by sleeping on the streets. But during the fall and winter, such is not an option. If the frigid weather doesn’t cause hypothermia, it will, at the very least, prevent one from getting restful sleep.

For these two reasons alone, homeless shelters are important. However, not every shelter needs to be in a fixed location. At least two UK women agree with this notion, which is why they renovated a double-decker bus and turned it into a homeless shelter on wheels.

Portsmouth residents Samy Barcroft and Joanne Vines were inspired by the new “bus shelter” trend and figured it is an intelligent way to ensure more people are sheltered. As leaders of the charity group  The Rucksack Project, they had enough support to purchase a double-decker Stagecoach bus which was intended for the scrap heap.

After putting out a plea for help, they were inundated with offers from between 70 and 80 people. The group spent eight months and $8,000 before the project was completed. Now, the renovated bus is fitted with 12 bunk beds, a lounge, and a fully-functional kitchenette.

Most of the renovators who worked on the community project donated their time. The estimated value of the project is worth more than $33,000 in total. Said Vines, “I’m delighted it’s finished and it’s staying in Portsmouth but I’m also happy to have a rest.”

Bored Panda reports that the brand new shelter will soon be parked in front of St. Agatha’s church. There, it will hopefully help some of the estimated 300,000 homeless people living in Britain, UK.

Following are photos of the mammoth undertaking:

Homelessness is a big problem, one we cannot idly ignore as the world continues to spin. In many developed nations, the rate of homelessness is skyrocketing. 

According to the UK government’s most recent figures, there are roughly 3,569 people sleeping on the streets in England each night. That’s more than double the number in 2010, when it was 1,768.

According to Adam Wiliams, officer manager at Barnabus — a Christian homelessness charity, the number of people requesting services continues to increase. He told The Guardian, “People are visibly affected when they visit Manchester at the moment, especially if they haven’t been here for a few years. However, my fear is that people will become desensitized to the situation [so many people sleeping rough] and that within a year it will just become a normal state of affairs in most people’s eyes.”

It appears people are already becoming desensitized to the hardship of others. While out Christmas shopping, take a moment to notice the homeless people who loiter on street corners and numbly hold out their hands, quietly pleading for help. Notice how those in comfortable, warm coats awkwardly step past the individuals, ignoring their situation(s) for a moment so they might forget it entirely upon turning the corner.

You’ll recognize it when you see it. And hopefully, it will propel you to action.

Truly, there is no excuse for homelessness in the modern age. By sharing stories such as the one above, you can help raise awareness about persistent conundrums, as well as remind the world that activists  — such as the two women above — are already taking action to benefit the lives of others.

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