'Dear Mr Mayor' 9-year-old makes handwritten pitch to solve London's housing crisis
'I am 9 years old and I want to make a change,' the child writes to Mayor Ed Holder
A 9-year-old Londoner has sent a handwritten letter to Mayor Ed Holder that contains a proposal to help end the city's simmering housing crisis.
For years the city has been grappling with an increasing number of people without shelter, thanks to long wait list for city housing as well as rising real estate prices and rents in a community that was once considered very affordable.
It means an increasing number of people using shelters or sleeping rough, where they erect tents, cardboard structures or sometimes simply use blankets and sleeping bags to gain some modicum of shelter against the harsh elements.
In response, city officials have undertaken a study of the city's homeless population, launched a five-year plan aimed at homelessness and housing affordability, and have even been given help through the federal government.
Now a 9-year-old has written to the mayor with a proposal for how to deal with the ongoing problem.
The handwritten letter was received by the mayor's office Friday and staff tweeted out a picture with the child's contact information redacted for privacy purposes.
“I am 9-years-old and I want to make a change”<br><br>We got this letter in <a href="https://twitter.com/ldnontmayor?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ldnontmayor</a>’s office today, and it made my day. Hopefully it makes yours too. (**I’ve digitally removed any identifying information) <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ldnont?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ldnont</a> <a href="https://t.co/EdhtdXauUd">pic.twitter.com/EdhtdXauUd</a>—@nrs82
In the letter, the author proposes an unorthodox solution to finding the estimated 2,400 homeless people in the city some shelter.
"I was thinking that you should possibly purchase shipping containers on behalf of the City of London," the child writes. "With some modification, you could turn them into a place to sleep for the homeless on a cold night."
The author then proposes that the shelters be monitored nightly by the city's police service.
Calls to the mayor's office were not returned Friday.