The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester says giving food out to the homeless could prevent them seeking help they need, as one charity does just that.
Feeding the homeless can "facilitate that lifestyle" of living on the street, according to Greater Manchester's top police officer.
Granada Reports asked Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahy, if he was "skeptical" about charities who feed rough sleepers. He responded that such work carried a "danger" of allowing people to continue sleeping rough.
81 households are at risk of losing their home every day in the North West according to new research. Homeless charity Shelter says based on information from the Ministry of Justice almost 30 thousand homes in the region were at risk of eviction or repossession last year.
It also identified the latest hotspots across the region where people are most likely to face losing their home, with Salford and Halton topping the list. Other hotspots in the region's top ten included West Lancashire, Manchester and Liverpool.
The housing and homelessness charity is warning that sky high housing costs are pushing more and more families in the North West to the brink. Shelter is currently struggling to meet demand for its services and is calling for support so that it can help more people stay in their homes. Since 2011, across the country the charity has seen the number of callers struggling with rent arrears more than double, while those calling about mortgage arrears rose by nearly a fifth.
A teenager from Liverpool is warning of the dangers of teenage homelessness after almost ending up on the streets because of family breakdown. With help fromFIXERS she's launched a campaign to let young people know where to turn.
A couple from Blackpool who have just won a national award for their homeless charity.
It means even more to them as they themselves were once forced to sleep rough.
Carol and Len Fowler had settled in the seaside resort in the 1980s with hopes of running a guest house.
But as visitor numbers dropped so too did their income and they ended up living on the streets.
Now they run a charity called The Well project, which provides food and support for homeless people.
Amy Welch reports.
The council, police and charities in Liverpool are urging people not to give to beggars in the street claiming they'll spend the money on alcohol and drugs.
They say it's much better to donate to organisations that help deal with homelessness and addiction.
Matt O'Donoghue reports:-
Homeless people in Liverpool are benefiting from fake goods that would usually be disposed of by the city council.
Trading standards had planned to destroy the items, instead they have passed them on to a charity who de-brand the counterfeit logos and replace them with their own.
Our correspondent Rachel Townsend went to find out more: