Page 1, 27th December 1974

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Call for action, not words on homeless

As a result of a Capitol Radio Open Line programme last week by Allan Hargreaves, several voluntary organisations called for action and not for words.

Jim Horne, director and founder of the St Mungo Community Trust, said: "If anyone listening tonight who is homeless, feels like us, has had enough of this chit chat — join us tomorrow morning at 9 am outside Capitol Radio." More than 200 single homeless met outside Capitol Radio and after demonstrating for an hour were met by representatives of Capitol.

Jim Horne informed them: "We voluntary organisations have had enough, We are fed up with inaction and ineptitude by central and local government. Either they an nounce their intentions and plans for dealing with this huge and growing problem of homelessness or they take over the work being done by the voluntary organisations.

"We_ as voluntary anis orgations cannot continue in the _way that we are doing. Money is very short and bureaucracy is getting larger."

From there the crowd moved to Thames Television and again demonstrated. Thames suggested a special programme on the Friday Debate to air these views.

Jim Horne commented: "It is up to the media to press the powers that be for action. If the media cannot, or refuse to support us, we have no alternative but to take very serious action." There would be a series of demonstrations about homelessness.

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