COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: St. Mungo's to use doormats to raise profile of sleepers

Homelessness charity St. Mungo's has dropped hundred of doormats across the capital to raise awareness of the plight of people sleeping rough on the streets.

The "Home Sweet Home

doormats were placed in doorways and subways in London at the end of March to show that more can be done to prevent rough sleeping.

As part of the campaign, St. Mungo's contacted every London borough to call for adequate services for rough sleepers.

In a new report entitled Addressing the trigger points to homelessness, the charity identified six key services including specialist housing and tenancy support services that counter the root causes of street homelessness.

"The doormats will remind us that it can be too easy to pass by those sleeping out and ignore how they got there,

said Charles Fraser, chief executive at St. Mungo's. "People arrive in London and end up rough sleeping all the time. We want to show that much more can be done to prevent them ending up there in the first place."

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