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December 18, 2019


Right in time for Christmas. How nice of them.
Bye bye tents! Rain and cold this way.....


A homeless man in Mississippi made deputies arrest him because he wanted to get out of the cold.

It happened in Natchez, Miss., Thursday morning, according to Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten, who said the incident underscored the need for greater resources to aid the area’s homeless.

Patten said the man showed up at his office and asked deputies if he could be jailed because it was too cold outside, according to the Natchez Democrat.

He said the deputies told the man they couldn’t do that for liability reasons and the man then told them, “I will make you lock me up then,” according to the paper.

After that exchange, the man then broke windows in the courthouse across the street and in the sheriff’s office.

He was charged with vandalism. His name wasn't released.

“If there was a shelter he would not have to have committed a crime to have been able to get out of the cold and could have also had a hot meal,” Patten told the paper.


A fifth of all homeless people have committed a crime to get off the streets
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Survey also finds that 28% of rough-sleeping women have taken an 'unwanted sexual partner' in order to find shelter
A fifth of homeless people have committed "imprisonable offences" to spend a night in the cells and more than a quarter of women rough sleepers took an "unwanted sexual partner" to escape their plight, new research out today shows.

Hidden Homelessness, a survey of more than 400 rough sleepers by Sheffield Hallam University, reveals the desperate steps taken by the homeless to find shelter.

A major homeless charity warns that these trends will become more pronounced as planned government cuts to benefits begin to hit frontline services.

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