There Is an alarming increase in the number of women homeless and alone in Britain, according to a report published this week by Crisis at Christmas.
The report "A Street is not a Home"says that in recent years the single homeless population has not only increased, but changed. Not many years ago there was a hard core of single homeless men, former mental patients and prisoners, people who found life too complicated.
They have now, however, been joined by large numbers of girls and boys and the unemployed.
Only 10 years ago it was assumed that the number of single homeless women was about two per hundred of the total number of single homeless — in the region of a thousand people — says the report.
'today surveys indicate that a fifth of the young single homeless are women, many of them under 18. There are many reasons for the Increase in the number of homeless women, but the report cites the break-up of family life as the major cause.
`-i4 Street is not a Homeavailable from CriSiS at Chrlstrth9S St Vincent's, 85 Carlisle Place, London, SWI,