Recession puts middle classes out on streets in homeless crisis

Homelessness is on the rise

Homelessness is on the rise

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HOMELESSNESS is on the rise among Yorkshire’s middle classes as the unrelenting economic crisis creates an underbelly of rough sleeping in some of the region’s most affluent areas.

High property prices, booming rental markets and the stigma of housing benefit in areas such as Harrogate and York have led to a “real possibility” that residents who fall on hard times may lose their homes and end up on the streets, charities are warning.

Andy Kirk, leader of the Harrogate Homeless Project’s No Second Night Out (NSNO) scheme, which provides emergency shelter to those at risk, said a “shocking” number of people were coming through the doors of its hostel.

 

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