That Christmas, I spoke to staff, volunteers and guests at the Crisis centre. Perhaps it was the looming general election, or perhaps it was just the natural state of affairs, but each conversation routinely led to politics. There was an evident hopelessness in these political discussions. One volunteer, Tony, who was once street homeless but had received help from Crisis two years prior to our conversation, summed up this feeling: ‘politicians don’t bother talking about the homeless,’ he told me, ‘and they certainly don’t care’. Each guest invariably echoed Tony’s sentiment.
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