At least five rough sleepers killed since January
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health and also in Communities, Housing
Homeless Link calls for cross-sector support as '2,000 a night' sleep rough
At least five rough sleepers have been killed by harsh conditions on the streets of Belfast since the start of the year, a charity has claimed.
The startling news from the Welcome Organisation comes as the latest statistics show that the number of people sleeping rough on the city's streets is rising.
Sandra Moore, director of homelessness services at the Welcome Organisation, said: "The fact that you have to wait for forms to be filled in before you can get proper care is a problem.
"We're pushing for that to change, so people can get a roof over their heads while they go through the bureaucratic process.
"It would save money in the long run because the quicker you get someone off the streets, the less care they need further down the road."