A homeless man who has been living on the streets for many years has admitted he would like a house again.
Amiable Malcolm Stevenson, who is almost 49, grew up in east Belfast.
“It would be good to have a house, I suppose,” he told the News Letter. “I came out on the streets in the 1980s.
“What happened me was that I lost my woman, lost my grandmother; everything I loved just fell apart. I came out onto the street, I got to know everybody and everybody got to know me.
“I got that used with the streets too...being out so long. I did have a house there for a couple of years.”
There was “a wee bit of trouble and I was one of the ones that got kicked out.”
Mr Stevenson, who sleeps in the doorways of major shops, added: “I would like a house again. Basically, I live on what people give me. I just don’t claim benefits anymore.”
One of the reasons for this is that he has no form of identification.
He has two children who live with their mother in Belfast and visit him regularly.
Homeless people provide a valuable public service, he said, by “protecting the streets” and raising the alarm if there is trouble, such as “after hours fighting”.
Asked what he would say to readers and people that walk past, he replied cheerfully: “A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone.”