Thousands of ‘hidden homeless’ people sleep in dangerous conditions in London every night, a damning report has found.
As many as 12,500 people are forced to stay with strangers and sleep on public transport every night in the capital, leaving them at serious risk of assault, according to a study compiled by the London Assembly - writes standard.co.uk.
But London's ‘hidden homeless’, who are often not recognised in official figures as they find shelter in places such as illegal squats, are not receiving vital support from councils, the report added.
It found the only one in five people aged 16 to 24 seek help from local councils.
Young people who are LGBT or have been victims of domestic violence or abuse are most likely to be affected.
A homelessness charity branded the findings a “national disgrace” and called on local authorities and the Government to act on the findings.
Keegan Robert-Kelly was kicked out of his home at the age of 15 and soon found himself sleeping in hallways at housing blocks in north west London.
The 21-year-old said he was brutally attacked by three drunken passersby as he slept on the streets.
“Last year, I was roof sleeping and got attacked by three drunk guys. I broke my nose I lost sight in one eye for a while.”He told the Standard : “It all happened due to a family breakdown. My mum had issues with drugs and alcohol and my dad was never around.