Paul became homeless two years ago after his marriage fell apart. He used to live in a three-bedroom terraced house with his wife of 17 years and two children. He used to work in the clerical department for the Ministry of Defence, but was made redundant. He says, “Suddenly the rug is pulled from beneath you. One minute you have a life, and the next, you don’t. There’s nowhere for us to go. The nearest shelter for me is 13 miles away and I would have to get a bus, which I can’t afford. My 84-year old mother is in a nursing home and everyone else has their own lives to live and I don’t want to intrude. I need a base. I can’t get a job without an address and how can I make myself look presentable like this.”