THE number of working homeless has nearly doubled in just five years.
Teachers and staff at high-end stores are among the 33,000 employed people sleeping rough, up from 19,000 in 2013.
The number of homeless people who are employed has nearly doubled in just five years[/caption]
“Kallum” earns £8.50 an hour as a security guard at Prada in London but kips at shelters and on pals’ sofas after being turned down for a council house.
He tells Channel 4’s Dispatches tonight: “It’s like I’m Superman. I never have enough sleep or feel refreshed enough to get up and go to work.”
Teacher Emma found herself on the streets in her 50s after her marriage broke down.
She washes daily at a McDonald’s and fears losing her job in adult education if bosses find out she’s homeless.
One rough sleeper says he never has enough sleep or feels refreshed to get up and go to work[/caption]
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Emma said: “I kept on working because that was the only thing nobody could take away from me.
“I have been asked to pay a £2,000 deposit. Nobody keeps £2,000 on hand like that.”
Shelter carried out a tenant survey and analysed Government data on temporary housing, benefits and employment.
Chief Polly Neate said: “In many cases, these are parents who work all day or night before returning to a cramped hostel.” She called for more social housing.