Bristol churches open doors to homeless

Churches across Bristol are opening their doors at night to ease the city's homeless crisis.

Mayor Marvin Rees has called the plight of those on the streets 'an embarrassment' and has led an appeal to find an extra 100 beds in 100 days.

Seven churches are providing 12 beds each during a four-week trial to house some of the city's most vulnerable people. More than 150 volunteers are helping to provide a hot meal, advice and someone to talk to.

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Emile Samba Biakpi has been homeless for three years. He says it can be a dangerous, lonely life.

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Homeless charity St Mungo's refers the rough sleepers to the churches

Richard Chilvers, Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter coordinator said they hope to find a more permanent solution.

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The City Office has had offers of 33 bed spaces from social landlords with the priority now to find private landlords who can offer shared housing at local housing authority rates.

Marvin Rees admits the amount of council housing lying empty is 'unacceptable' and work is underway to bring more back into use.