I let a homeless man stay in my flat but it’s put me off helping anyone again

DEAR DEIDRE: WHILE I was away I invited a homeless man to stay in my flat, but it’s put me off helping anyone again.

I used to see this guy on the street with nothing but a sleeping bag and a few bags. 

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I was away visiting my mum for a week so I said he could stay in my place.

When I came back he had eaten and drunk everything in the house, and my electric meter showed he had been using it non-stop.

He was difficult about leaving and got nasty with me, calling me poisonous and saying I had mental problems.

I’m 24. I thought I was being nice but I’m beginning to think I was stupid.

DEIDRE SAYS: We need more kind-hearted people like you but this man has probably had huge problems in his life. It was risky to give a stranger a key.

You can help the homeless safely by donating to a charity like Shelter (shelter.org.uk).

If you feel drawn towards impulsive behaviour, talk with a counsellor. You can find a reputable therapist through bacp.co.uk.

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