’We sleep rough in a tent – my kids don’t know we’re homeless’ UK
A group of people living in tents in a UK city have spoken out about how they ended up forming a small safe haven on a roundabout.
A number of tents have sprung up at the Bearpit in Bristol. And now, the people living inside the tents say they keep the area “immaculate”.
They have explained their circumstances and how they ended up living in the makeshift accommodation, reports BristolLive. The Bearpit has a high-rise Premier Inn looking over it and a former Debenhams as its backdrop.
My children don’t know I’m homeless
One of the people living there, Ryan said: “We keep things neat and tidy here. We were living in a flat in Weston-super-Mare, but we were evicted.”
Ryan’s partner Vicky used to manage a care home. She says they had been paying rent for a flat while waiting for a tenancy agreement that never materialised.
She said: “My children don’t know I’m homeless. We’re both professional people, we don’t do drugs and we just want to get a place to live.”
The couple said they chose the Bearpit because it was safe with a group of other people around. Ryan said: “I don’t like it to be an eyesore, we make sure it’s immaculate.”