Kevin Aling, 61, Gordon Wilkie, 45, and Andrew Ellis, 54, say homeless people in Brighton are crammed into temporary accommodation “like cattle” and exposed to unsafe, unsanitary conditions – something the council denies.
Kevin, who has been on and off the streets for almost 50 years, now lives in a council building on Grand Parade.So, the taxpayer's housed him. What's his beef?
He said: “It’s like a cattle farm in there. We shouldn’t be housed in these conditions. The council’s temporary accommodation is designed to get as many people in as possible. It’s overcrowded and the council doesn’t care about our safety.”
Kevin said: “The council thinks that once we’re off the street they can wash their hands of us. What they don’t realise is that they’ve got to help keep us off the street.”Why? They don't have to help keep everyone else off the streets, do they?
What makes you think that you deserve more than the basic help they've just given you? Which is more than most people get...
The men said people in temporary accommodation are living in squalid conditions. Kevin said the building “stinks” of urine.
“When I moved in the mattress stank – everything does”, he said. “No one in that council has been where we are. We’re treated like stuff they wipe off their shoes.
“They just can’t cope with the number of people on the street. And they’re not listening to our complaints. If they want me to go back and die on the street, I’ll do it.”I don't know what they want, but me? I'm pretty sanguine about it...