Paul Scott

Age: 26

You can take a photo, but I don’t want to show my face.

I am ashamed to be homeless. I was brought up properly, went to a good school, did okay. I left school and moved away for work. It was all good until I lost my job. I couldn’t pay my rent and was too embarrassed to tell my mum. She thinks I’m still doing okay. I’ve only been living rough for a few months so I guess she will find out soon enough.

I feel like I’ve let her down. I should have told her sooner but now it feels like I’ve been lying to her. I suppose I have. We only talk on the phone now and then. She thinks I’m too busy working and having a good time to call more often. I wish I was. But the truth is I sometimes don’t have enough money to buy credit to ring her.

I hope things change soon. Sleeping rough is so hard.