A night, a week?
Yeah, that's going to help understand how it is to be poor, because at the end of your night in a shelter or your week on food stamps you know you're going back to the same old lifestyle.
Being poor isn't about an uncomfortable nights sleep or a week of constricted diet, it's about daily, ongoing hopelessness. No hope of being able to better your situation as you're running to stand still, no hope of things turning around, not knowing if you can make the rent his month or end up in the gutter - when your mind is weighed with all these worries you don't have the capacity to get out there and resolve it, just sink lower as things get pricier (transport, heating, food, accommodation) whilst the pay cheque stays the same n(or even shrinks with overtime cutbacks).
I've been there, it's horrifying, I was near to the point of wanting to end it all as I played sick so I could work from home as I didn't have enough money to fill the gas tank for the fifty mile drive to work, cruising the reduced food isle at the local discount supermarket so I could eat that day.
I was lucky, I was helped out of it, I wouldn't have been able to do it myself, I'd've still been there, or maybe have finally gone through with the other option.
Someone above wrote "When the rents go obscene, you should be buying/building new accomodation to get rich quick, not whine about income inequality." Sorry, but how fucking retarded are you, when someone can't afford fifty pence for a meal how the fuck are they supposed to invest in building new accommodation; when they're so tapped out taking loans to pay for travelling expenses who's going to give them a mortgage to buy property? Get your head out of your arse, I'm glad you've never had to be in such a position (evident by not understanding the problem) but don't try and lecture the choir when you know nothing.
The system needs reviewing, minimum wages need to be exactly that, not below the minimum to comfortably live - but then that's never going to happen when the 'elite' who've never had to struggle a day in their life to keep their family warm and fed can wipe away evidence of them stealing from the public purse as they feel like it and think we're too stupid to catch up with them - each of them being paid more than most for a job they then claim everything back as an expense whilst also having lucrative 'deals' with lobbyists to further sell out their country.