COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Homeless people need support to find work, says charity

Homelessness groups should work towards providing homeless people with more support and advice to get back into employment if the 'no home-no job' cycle is to be broken, according to Off the Streets and Into Work.

The charity has launched new research that shows that homeless people still face fundamental barriers to gaining employment, such as limited access to telephones and inadequate IT skills.

The report reveals that over one-third of homeless people are unable to use a computer, and 24 per cent do not have the use of a telephone.

A further 61 per cent felt that they lacked the right clothes to go to an interview.

"Our research highlights how homeless people, already at the very margins of society, are further excluded from it by not having access to what many of us take for granted," said Linda Butcher, chief executive at Off the Streets.

She points to the marked improvement in employment prospects for those who had access to services funded by the charity. "The thousands of homeless people we work with every year are not looking for others to solve their problem for them. More services like ours are needed."

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