I had the opportunity to speak to Alan Dent, a 67-year-old man who was made homeless four years ago.
Originally from Bristol he moved to Manchester and is currently staying in and out of a Bed and Breakfast, as he has no permanent residence, due to what he describes as 'dirty family politics.'
He is usually seen in the city centre with what little possessions he owns, as he does not trust the management at the B&B, playing the flute for money.
On the surface, Alan seems like a regular homeless person. However, Alan challenges our prejudices. Behind every homeless person there is a story and a reason for why they have been forced into the position they are in now. Far from being a 'lout' (as some have rudely described him) he is a highly educated man — he studied history at university and hopes to save up enough money for a masters degree.
Alan describes himself as a Mahayana Buddhist who loves a good curry (preferably vegetable) and a Tolstoy novel, and he has been with his current partner for 24 years.