What is 'Period Poverty'? THIS BBC STORY highlighted an issue that affects more young people that we realise. This is what some of our young people have said on the issue: People don't speak out about it if they can't afford it. People are embarrassed; they don't like talking about it anyway. “But people that come here and trust the place are comfortable with talking to the staff about it. We wouldn't do that at school.” Girls might get desperate and steal from shops. And what about homeless people?