Sharp increase in those living on the streets

M25 Hostel worker Iona Edwards (right) carries out a risk assessment on Carly, who is ready to be taken to a volunteers home for the night to stay through Nightstop. Picture: Andrew Roe
M25 Hostel worker Iona Edwards (right) carries out a risk assessment on Carly, who is ready to be taken to a volunteers home for the night to stay through Nightstop. Picture: Andrew Roe

MORE than two dozen people have been sleeping rough on the streets of Doncaster in the last month - a massive 12 times the level recorded in a previous official one-night survey.

Doncaster’s M25 Housing and Support Group found that 25 people had been sleeping rough on the streets during April.

That figure is a drastic increase from the two recorded in October of last year.

The latest figures come at a time when the homeless charity is seeing a dramatic rise in admissions.

Last month’s survey was the first of its sort carried out by the charity since it brought in a specialist outreach co-ordinator to try and address the problem.

Now it is launching a dedicated phoneline in a bid to offer a housing lifeline to those who are sleeping on the streets and in shop doorways.

The latest figures come from the charity sending its workers on the street each night to look to help anyone they find with nowhere to go.

M25 runs two hostels, Wharf House and Open House plus, which have 56 places. Each has one emergency bed, for people they find on the streets but not on a long-term basis.

Director Matthew Newman said the charity was launching its No Second Night helpline to offer assistance as quickly as possible to those who were needing help on 01302 558039.