How can we help?
The council have admitted they do have a responsibility and told Tower FM how they were trying to prevent people becoming homeless through their anti-poverty strategy:
- money skills services to help people in debt
- money mentors for those who need advice
- money skills in schools to teach young people about handling money
There are a huge number of charities across the region who employ volunteers across Bolton and Bury to get off the streets and back into a home and a job.
But it’s not just the local authorities and charities who’re doing their bit – Brian won £24.9 million on the Euromillions six years ago and helped renovate Rachel House – a homeless shelter for young people in Bury and he says: "You can't bury your head in the sand, you've got to give back to the local community.
"I'm retired so have quite a bit of time on my hands. It's a god given right for me to do it."
We heard from Jenna earlier in the week – she was homeless at 21 but has since managed to rebuild her life – she says homelessness is getting worse but we can all play our part: "We need to work together, the private sector can help by donating the time of some of their skilled and experienced staff.
"Pharmacists can offer simple items such as tampons and sanitary towels, fashion companies can perhaps share sample stock with charities.
"Help doesn't need to be monetary, help can be direct. And another thing that can be done by everyone is to go out there and engage with a homeless person, actually speak to them and make them feel human again."