We listen in to the conversation of Richard Barnard – Porchlight’s Jobs, Education and Training manager, and Aaron, a former resident with Porchlight who has recently moved into his own accommodation after having been in one of their hostels for a year and a half.
New figures released this month by Kent’s leading homeless charity Porchlight show that there has been a sharp rise in the number of rough sleepers across Kent. 379 people slept on the streets of the county between April and September of this year – that’s almost double the amount of last year. Particularly concerning is that the number of young people aged 25 and under who are homeless has tripled since 2014. The figures come as Winter Shelters across Kent, many of which are supported by local churches, prepare to open.
(If you are concerned about someone who is rough sleeping in Kent, call the Porchlight helpline on 0800 567 7699)