The need to survive on the street leads to crime. Where drugs are an issue, money is constantly needed, which culminated in a prison term for several of the interviewees.
"It's degrading because I was not brought up to beg. It's very degrading, but it's essential, because if you want to eat you're going to have to beg. Sometimes the people just say, 'f off, go and get an f'ing job.' I used to cry. I used to feel degraded, but there was nothing I could do about it. And then I started thinking, well, one day it could be them in the same situation I am in at the moment. So therefore I would never tell anybody in that situation to 'f off,' or get an f'ing job." Maria, 56
"...prison done my head in. But you know, when I came out of prison, they wouldn't give me anywhere to live. I wasn't offered hostels or anything. I left prison and that was it. I had nowhere to go." Stuart, 44
Some interviews contain strong language.
1. Experiences of prison 37.2 Elroy, 34
2. Shoplifting 10.6 Joanne, 32
3. Stealing 29.8 Stuart, 44