Boss sleeps out for homeless

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A HOUSING boss will sleep outside for a night as he joins a fund-raiser to help those without a roof over their heads.

Paul Tanney, former chief executive of East Durham Homes, now holds the post at Four Housing, which manages properties across Wearside.

He will be among 60 company leaders from across the region taking part in the CEO Sleepout, who will bed down on the cold concrete of St James’s Park on Thursday night.

Mr Tanney said: “The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of the North East is increasing year on year.

“We need to do all that we can to raise awareness of the problem and help to prevent more people from becoming homeless.

“At Four Housing, we have been working hard with our customers to make sure they are supported to deal with the financial implications of welfare reforms as the changes are rolled out across the country.

“However, not everyone facing the ‘bedroom tax’ will have the same level of support, and so homelessness could become a real issue for them.

“No matter how uncomfortable the ‘sleep out’ may be, it will only be for one night.”

The event will also help raise funds in memory of Lee Halpin, a North-East film maker who died while making a documentary about homelessness.

To sponsor Mr Tanney, visit, and for more information about the fund-raiser, visit