Rise in the number of homeless people in Manchester

  • It is believed that at least 80 people are now sleeping rough in Manchester, which is a six fold increase on last year. /images/blog/homeless.jpg

    A Manchester homelessness charity has said it has seen a 22% rise in the number of people seeking its guidance in the past year, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    Amanda Croome, chief executive of Manchester‘s flagship Booth Centre, said the key factor is the trend, rather than the exact figure.

    "The count is a snapshot," she said. "What we always reckon is that the real figure is probably twice the count figure, because we will only ever find about 50% of people. There's no other accurate measure that's taken and obviously that's only taken once a year. We are seeing an average of five new rough sleepers every day. As soon as we are housing people there's more people coming through so the problem is definitely getting worse."

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