Newspaper article Manchester Evening News


Newspaper article Manchester Evening News


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IT'S still pitch black on Market Street when I meet Katie at 6.30am.

She's spent the night sleeping in the doorway of Debenhams, along with three others.

As one man wrapped in a sleeping bag snores loudly, Katie tells me it was a struggle with her debt that led to her ending up on the streets.

The 55-year-old had previously lived in private accommodation and is waiting for the council to find her somewhere to live.

She's been sleeping rough for a year and, though she says plenty of charity workers have offered help, she had never heard of A Bed Every Night.

"To be honest with you, it's the other homeless people what come round and give cups of tea out that have helped," she says.

"People bring food round. It's members of the public really that keep us alive you know, by giving food and bits of change."

Katie says she has struggled to find hostels that will take women, or they have been full when she has turned up. …

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