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Jobless figures raise fears of more single people on the streets

PUBLISHED: 22:46 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

CHARITY bosses struggling to keep the homeless off the streets are warning single people and those without children are now more at risk of losing their homes with jobless figures reaching 2 million. The Crisis charity is this week calling for urgent Government action after research has found one-in-three people could be without shelter within three months of losing their income

CHARITY bosses struggling to keep the homeless off the streets are warning single people are now more at risk of losing their homes with jobless figures reaching 2 million.

The Crisis charity is this week calling for urgent Government action after research has found one-in-three people could be without shelter within three months of losing their income.

Families, the disabled or expectant mums are eligible for housing or emergency accommodation.

But most single men and women or those without dependent children are not eligible, they points out.

“Many will be facing difficulties paying for their homes or even losing them,” the charity’s chief executive Leslie Morphy warns. “There is no homeless safety net’ for them.”

Local authorities are not even obliged to provide emergency housing for singles, the charity points out. So they are left to “fend for themselves.”

The charity, which runs a day centre for the homeless at its HQ in Whitechapel, in London’s deprived East End, is calling for “a joined-up approach” to tackle housing and employment together, to enable people to remain in or to secure housing while finding sustainable employment.

It wants the Government to extend the housing safety net advice to cover all those at risk.

Otherwise there will be a sharp surge in the numbers of people left on the streets or at best sleeping on friends’ floors or in hostels or bed-and-breakfast, it warns.

Crisis, which has been running homeless Christmas shelters for 35 years, believes there are already tens of thousands of hidden homeless’ trapped in this situation with their lives on hold’ and unable to move back into work. They fear thousands more will soon be added to their numbers.


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