I pass by the Balham library every day on my way to work and I see a homeless guy who I think has been there since not so long ago. He looks like someone who just doesn't belong on the streets - not that I think that anyone does of course! - but if you know what I mean, he has the looks of a healthy, educated middle-aged man. He looks like someone who's been possibly living a wealthy life until very recently - he looks sporty and healthy and someone who has been going to the gym perhaps? I wondered if some sort of personal disaster has sent him on the streets.
In the beginning he didn't have many things with him but now seems to have more and more stuff "growing" around him so that is another thing why I think he is "new" on the streets. But, maybe I am wrong and he has been there for a while and I just didn't see him before.
Maybe I am just really naive but I wondered whether we as the community could help him somehow - at least in some way? I don't want to walk up to him and ask him as I am not courageous enough and I wouldn't know what to say anyway.
Any thoughts / ideas ?