Rise in people contacting homeless charity Shelter

Published: Friday 20th November 2015 by KCFM

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More than 31,500 people living in Yorkshire and Humberside have contacted homeless charity Shelter over the past year – which equates to 86 calls per day.

The number of calls Shelter has received from people facing homelessness in the area increased by 2,823 over the last 12 months.

The charity has subsequently issued an appeal for support for its helpline.

Sam, who is currently staying with friends to avoid sleeping on the streets in Hull, revealed people are relying on donations to survive.

He said: “As the cost of living increases, it doesn’t just increase for people living in houses, it increases for people that are homeless, which means that the little money people do get, doesn’t stretch far enough to feed them over a two weekly basis, so people end up begging for things.

“I don’t think people understand anything about people that are living on the streets. I think the general population, to be quite frank, don’t really care. I think their main concern is themselves. Which doesn’t make a very humane society.”

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Published: Friday 20th November 2015 by KCFM

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