Just a casual walk around Liverpool will reveal how big a of problem rough sleeping and begging has become. Yet in contrast, there are signs of prosperity all around and a high-end property boom.
Lawrence Kenright made his fortune taking derelict buildings and turning them into luxury hotels. He enjoys saving run-down and condemned buildings, a risk other developers are afraid of taking.
Once he bought a building that was being used as a crack den. Every day he had to ask about 16 drugaddicts to leave. Eventually he started giving them bedding and food, but it was never his intention to save lives. What he really wanted was to keep them from breaking in and smashing the windows.
Finally one day he realized that he couldn’t just continue to live his lavish lifestyle while at the same time turn his back on these people who were freezing, had nothing to eat and nowhere else to go.
The stories about how they ended up homeless are different, yet they have certain elements in common: one bad decision led to another and the rest, as they say, is history. But one thing is true: each of them appreciates the break they are getting at Kingsway House.
Many of them say that had it not been for Kingsway House they would have probably lost their lives due to the cold, the lack of food, or the drugs.
Kingsway House has been attracting homeless people and volunteers from all over Liverpool but some issues have come up with government entities and the shelter will be closed. In order to prove their worth to authorities, the guests of Kingsway House have been going out and cleaning the streets. Where else can you see a group of homeless men and women cleaning the sidewalks, signs and benches? Will it be enough to save their new home, though?