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‘Nobody knew I was secretly homeless'

Posted On: 11 Oct 2019   |   Posted By: Marie Claire

‘Nobody knew I was secretly homeless'

For a woman sleeping rough, life expectancy is 43, compared to an average of 81. Now with charities warning fatalities are set to be even higher in 2019, Cash Carraway, former homeless single mum, reveals what she endured and questions what action needs to be taken to remedy a system that allows lives to be lost... Words by Cash Carraway
‘Are we a better homeless than the men in the doorway, Mummy?' My daughter whispered as we slammed the front door shut behind a group of faceless men in damp stinking sleeping bags. ‘Because they use cardboard boxes to sleep in, but we use them to move our stuff to the next place. Does that make us better homeless?'
That was back in 2017 and I didn't have an answer for her. My main focus was finding us a stable home and it hadn't occurred to me to view homelessness on a sliding scale from better to worse until my eight-year-old questioned it. After all, just like the men sleeping on the steps we too were part of a statistic that placed us firmly inside the UK's estimated...

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