Ed has lived homeless in Wales for the last seven years. His ex-partner walked out the door with both of his kids, his best friend, and all of his money.
In many cities, anti-homelessness laws such as making it illegal to panhandle continue to increase. In Cardiff, Wales it’s illegal to beg for money. Homeless people caught begging for money get arrested and fined. Ed says the fine is around £80 or $107 in USD. It makes little sense to fine homeless people for panhandling when they have zero income to pay for the fine.
Ed shares that homeless people get to the point where you question what’s life worth. He had a friend that committed suicide over sleeping rough.
Homelessness is dangerous. One of Ed’s friends was kicked to death by teenagers over a pack of tobacco.