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A year’s passed since I wrote a blog on the increase in rough sleeping and homelessness in Cardiff; questioning what I, and others could do to help. It prompted an extraordinary reaction. Friends, colleagues, LinkedIn followers and, in turn, their followers commented and emailed me. Only one of them told me to mind my own business. Everyone else was as troubled by the problem as I was, and seemed to consider it one of the most serious afflictions on today’s society. I was struck, though, by the range of causes of rough sleeping and homelessness that were put forward by those writing to me. I was given explanations such as drugs/alcohol/mental health/the benefits system/housing shortage/the Torys and so on - confirming that neither my correspondents, nor I, knew what the cause was.