As a worker in an advisory office in East London I am consulted every day by people in urgent housing need. On an average, 20 people a day come to this office and, of these, at least a quarter have a severe housing problem, so that over my seven years there I have met literally thousands of them. Apart from actual homelessness, the worst and most distressing cases concern people who are ill or disabled and whose living conditions are totally unsuitable.
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