I'm sofa-surfing and fear I will end up on the streets after prison release

DEAR DEIDRE: I AM homeless and sofa-surfing but fear I will be back on the streets in the near future.

I’ve not had it easy in life and recently came out of prison, aged 69, to no home.

I lost my house when I was jailed for handling stolen goods, though I thought I was helping a friend’s legitimate business.

The council said I had to wait on the housing list and that they would try to get me a place at a hostel in the meantime.

I keep asking but have had no luck. I suffer with arthritis and I am at my wits’ end. I have only my state pension to live on.

It is not surprising prisons are full. If I were younger I would commit another crime just to go back inside.

But I’m too old now and will have to freeze to death on the streets.

Get in touch with Deidre today

My team and I are working safely from home but we are here to help you as always.

Send an email to [email protected]

Every problem gets a personal reply, usually within 24 hours weekdays.

You can also send a private message on the DearDeidreOfficial Facebook page.

Follow me on Twitter @deardeidre.

DEIDRE SAYS: You are in a scary situation but there is help out there.

Get in touch with Nacro, the crime reduction charity (nacro.org.uk, 0300 123 1889), which can help you find housing.

Shelter can also offer some guidance (shelter.org.uk, 0808 800 444).

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