Shelter uses report to help homeless former military staff

Shelter has joined forces with the Ministry of Defence to launch a report that aims to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness among ex-military personnel.

The report is part of the charity's Armed Forces Project, set up in April 2001, to work with ex-servicemen who may be homeless because of stress, mental health issues, drug or alcohol problems.

Figures released in the survey show that two-thirds of Shelter Housing Aid Centres helped people with a forces background in the past year. The report supports an earlier piece of research published by homelessness charity Crisis and the Government's Social Exclusion Unit which maintained that up to 25 per cent of people sleeping on the street may have served in the armed forces.

Shelter commissioned the report to mark this year's Remembrance Sunday and hopes to increase the number of people supported by the Armed Forces Project at the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester.

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