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Braintree: Council can't help man forced to sleep rough
12:20pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
A former labourer is sleeping on the streets because Braintree Council has nowhere to house him after he was made homeless.
Housing officers have been unable to find accommodation for Matthew Gettins, after he was forced to leave his Rayne Road flat two weeks ago following a dispute with his landlord.
Mr Gettins, 25, who suffers from a serious joint defect claims tramping the streets is making his condition worse.
His doctor wrote to the council last Wednesday urging officers to find him a place to stay.
However he is still sleeping in doorways and on park benches because nothing is available.
Braintree Council does not have a duty to house single non priority homeless people.
To read full story, see this week's Times.