Homeless Mildenhall man’s tent is ‘no home for cold winter’

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A ‘vulnerable’ homeless man who is living in a tent in Mildenhall is becoming increasingly desperate for a roof over his head as the winter months approach.

John Howard has been homeless for around five months and is currently unemployed, having been signed off work due to stress by his doctor.

He has implored the borough council to help him find a home, but so far has only been offered temporary accommodation in Bury St Edmunds.

“I am reaching the end of my tether, I am really in a homless situation, and the council do not seem to care,” he said.

“My doctor has told the council I am a vulnerable individual but they still ignored it. I’ve been signed off Job Seekers Allowance because of the stress.”

John said he had received little instruction from the council about how to secure a new home. He has been offered temporary accommodation in Tayfen House, in Bury, but is reluctant to accept.

“They want to send me to a place which has a reputation for people stealing and pushing drugs on you,” he said.

“They’ve said I could try to rent a room somewhere, but no-one wants to take a person into their home who is on housing benefits. I am between a rock and a hard place.”

John is having to move his tent almost every night, and is worried about the dropping temperatures.

He said he had made contact with his MP, but despite this his situation remains unchanged.

A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “We do not comment on individual cases beyond confirming that we are supporting the client in finding accommodation.

“We are able to place people at Tayfen House through our homelessness service. High standards of conduct are expected of clients.”