Homeless steal and sell body for shelter
Single homeless people in England are turning to prostitution and crime so they can afford a bed for the night, a survey has found.
Homelessness charity Crisis surveyed 437 single homeless people and discovered that councils are failing to help them out of homelessness.
Sixty-two per cent of respondents were ‘hidden homeless’: staying in squats, sofa surfing or sleeping rough and with no statutory entitlement to housing. A fifth had left a council office without making a homelessness application, while 29 per cent of those surveyed had never sought help from a local authority.
One in five of women and 3 per cent of men had resorted to sex work to fund temporary accommodation, while 28 per cent had committed a crime in the hope of being taken into custody for the night.
Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: ‘Single people are already at the back of the housing queue, but councils have a duty to provide advice and assistance. Time and again we see that this is just not happening.’