A young woman has taken on the fight against homelessness after being thrown into the situation herself.
Jessica Chipperfield said she left her father's home in Addiscombe after his partner learned she was gay.
Jessica, who is sofa-surfing between friends, said: "I want to raise awareness of homelessness so people can understand the reasons for it – it is not the person's fault.
"Young people need to be given better advice and help in their way, rather than getting pushed and shoved about."Jessica is 20. Yes. 20.
And the 'help' she thinks she ought to be given? Well, she was indeed given it.
Jessica said she was also spurred into action after being disappointed with help she received from Croydon Council over her housing problems.
She said: "They gave me an information pack and told me I can get rent for £290 to £340. There is a lack of help and advice."No, there's not. That's it. That's all you are really entitled to. You are 20 years old, you should have a job and be independent.
She said: "At the moment I have not got a job and people are saying to me because I am homeless I cannot get a job."What stopped you before you were homeless, then? And what is it you really want?
A Croydon Council spokesman said it was sorry Jessica was disappointed with the service she received from the council but families with children had to come first.
He said: "Like many local authorities, the council currently has a shortage of temporary accommodation and has to prioritise families with children and those who are deemed vulnerable."Ah. Of course. You want a 'free' house.