Brighton and Hove is one of the richest cities in one of the richest countries in the world. Yet we have the disgraceful situation of around 150 people sleeping on our streets each night. The average life expectancy of a street homeless man is 47 years, for a street homeless woman it is just 43 years. By comparison, in the UK life expectancy for men is 78.8 years, for women 82.8 years.
Street homeless people are 35 times more likely to commit suicide than the rest of the community. They are four times more likely to die from unnatural causes, and 13 times more likely to be the victim of crime. 84% of rough sleepers in Brighton and Hove have a physical health problem, while 85% have a mental health problem.
Homelessness is very visible in Brighton and Hove, yet as individuals homeless people are invisible. We are aware of their presence, but we do not see our fellow human being. We rarely know their names. We don’t know where they come from, or their stories, or their hopes and aspirations.
Invisible Voices of Brighton and Hove seeks to change that, and at the same time raise money from the sale of books and photographs which will be donated to First Base Day Centre, the Cascade Coffee Shop in Baker Street, and next year’s Invisible Voices project.
Let them be invisible no more, and let their voices be heard.
The Event will take place each Saturday in May between 13.00 and 18.00 on a drop in basis. Entry is free, donations are welcome.
Cascade Coffee Shop, 24 Baker Street, Brighton, BN1 4JN