With a continuing increase in homeless rates local residents in Bournemouth were asked their opinion on what could be done to help tackle the issue.
Abbie, 18, Poole. “This time of year is the most difficult for homeless people because of the cold. I think that they should have the community centre open with people on standby to help sort out benefits that some people might be unaware that they are entitled to.”
Niamh, 18, Bournemouth. “More funding is needed into making temporary accommodation. Also into schemes to give people a start up into working, including teaching skills so they can support themselves in the end.”
Ben, 52, Bournemouth. “By increasing job opportunities I think that would help, and charities having links to places with jobs to allow easier access.”