About Us

Good4you is the only organisation in Britain that addresses the special problems resulting from the negative synergy of being both Homeless and Disabled.

The concept of negative synergy is patently clear in “drinking and driving”, together. Two things, put together, create new problems and dangers that do not exist if you drink or drive, separately.

The term “Twice Excluded People” refers to those who are socially excluded because of Disability, and because of Homelessness. Social exclusion simply means that a door of opportunity is shut in one’s face, and in a city of 8 million people, like London, it can happen that 8 million doors are shut in one’s face. It is then that one sleeps “out of doors”.

Our research has shown that more than half of homeless people are disabled people. This statement is problematic because it is not credible for most people, including leaders in the Homelessness Industry. It is, however, credible and very well documented that 30 to 50% of homeless people have severe mental illnesses. In the SNAP report (Survey of Needs and Provisions) compiled by Homeless Link, 89% of respondents from Homelessness Service Providers say that “very few or none” of their clients are disabled. These are the same people who accept the high levels of severe mental illness among their clients. That half have mental illnesses is credible – that half are disabled is not. Everything in this paragraph, put together, indicates the pervasiveness of a serious problem: “No wheelchair, no disability”.

Leonard Cheshire Disability say that more than 5 million disabled people in Britain live in poverty (http://www.lcdisability.org/?lid=6386). In Britain, that is most likely to mean in a Council flat, on benefits, or with a very low income. The crucial question is: “How, in Britain, does one get a Council Flat?” The only way is if you have ‘nowhere else to live’. Disabled people are housed through homelessness legislation, in terms of the Homelessness Act 2002, and the Housing Act 1996, which refers to “vulnerable people”, and the statutory duty to house homeless people “in priority need”. In other words, all those 5 million disabled people in council flats are housed because they ARE homeless. We, the taxpayers, pay for them to be housed because they are homeless.

Do not, not for one minute, delude yourself into thinking that they are not homeless because they have Council Flats. The fact is that they have Council Flats only because they are homeless. Five million disabled people who are homeless – an incredible burden on the taxpayer. Five million people afraid to go to work, because if they get a job they lose their Council Flats.

The Government of Britain has never asked how many disabled people are homeless. No-one knows, because no person or organisation in Britain has even recognised the problem. No-one has asked, except Good4you. See how disability is not measured:

The term ‘homeless’ is actually a catch word, a misnomer that focuses on only one aspect of the individual’s plight: his lack of residence or housing. In reality, the homeless often have no job, no function, no role within the community; they generally have few social supports. They are jobless, penniless, functionless, and supportless as well as homeless. (Lipton and Sabatini 1984: 156).”

Even Lipton and Sabatini fail to see and mention disability and social exclusion as a significant part of the package.