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Stories from the streets: An in-depth look at homelessness

It is an increasing problem.

In the last three years, the number of rough sleepers in Cardiff has doubled.

From the steps of one of the city's premier entertainment venues, to tents in Bute Park, across the capital homelessness isn't just evident - it's growing.

Rough sleepers in Cardiff. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Unfortunately, just the scale of the problem is that over the last I think six... seven weeks, we’ve actually had 58 new people starting to sleep rough.

– Ian Ephraim, Cardiff Council

For people sleeping rough, hostels are usually the first port of call.

There are 216 rooms available in Cardiff and every one is full.

Options for emergency accommodation are limited. They can be a pod-style room, which includes a bed and a lockable door; or floor space.

216
hostel rooms in Cardiff
30-60
people sleep rough in the capital on any one night
40%
of rough sleepers are from OUTSIDE of the city

We open up other provision in the hostel, as well such as our meeting rooms and training rooms... we try and avoid turning people away.

– Matthew Evans, Hostel Manager
An emergency pod-style room in a hostel. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Wales This Week has spent 24 hours filming on the city's streets.

From getting breakfast to bedding down at night, presenter Andrea Byrne meets rough sleepers who describe the struggles of their daily lives, and speaks to some of the people who are trying to help them:

Wales This Week is broadcast tonight at 8:00pm on ITV Cymru Wales.

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