a stage further last week when 1,250 of the Board's officers together with 150 volunteers, drawn mainly from the Salvation Army, Church Army and Simon Community made a thorough search for people sleeping rough.
It is the first time ever that such a systematic survey has been made of the alcoholics, drug addicts. ex prisoners, rootless and destitute men and women who are sleeping in doorways, disused buildings and in makeshift shelters in London and the larger cities in the provinces.
The survey also includes an interview with some '1,200 people who sleep in reception centres each night. The full report will take about six months to prepare
Picture above shows three of the volunteers setting out on their frosty night's survey which entailed scrambling over walls' and scouring bomb sites. The 'scene on the right shows the squalid conditions in which homeless men are forced to exist.