As the UK faces its first cold snap of the Winter London's Green MEP, Jean Lambert, has turned her thoughts to the homeless population on the Capital's streets and joined the Simon Community on their weekly Soup Run providing hot soup and sandwiches to those in need.
After speaking with some of the homeless people Jean Lambert, who has been awarded for her work on Justice and Human Rights, praised the Simon Community for their continuing efforts but warned that unless the UK Government and Polish Authorities take serious action to support the rising number of homeless EU migrants this winter the stress on support systems in place could be critical.
Jean commented; "Here in the London a small number of homeless people on the streets are from Eastern Europe. Homeless agencies appear to be the only place many migrants can gain the support and advice they desperately require but without suitable facilities or funding sources the agencies and shelters are being put under increased pressure. It is vital that we establish a serious strategy to ensure that the correct help and support is available to all.
"Homelessness was one of the main priority areas under the EU social
inclusion strategy 2001 - 2005 and with shelter being part of our basic human
rights we need to ensure this commitment continues."
The Simon Community aims to reach out to the homeless community offering a radical alternative to institutional care that gives those in need of help a chance to contribute to everyday life.
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.