Campaigners oppose Leicester council's plan to cut £2.2 million support for homeless
Campaigners took to the streets to protest about the city council's proposed £2.2 million cut to its homelessness strategy budget.
Members of Streetlife Action Group asked shoppers in the city centre on Saturday to sign their petition calling for a halt to the plans.
Tracey Clough, outside co-ordinator for the group, said: "We reckon if they go ahead with the plans it will mean the loss of more than 200 beds for vulnerable people.
"Not only that, the proposals could see the loss of three major hostels in and around the city centre. Homeless and vulnerable people need more support, not less."
The council has unveiled plans to cut £2.2 million from the city's £6.6 million homelessness strategy by 2014-15.
Ms Clough said Streetlife Action Group was a support organisation formed by homeless and former homeless people to help the vulnerable in Leicester.
Niall Taylor, 20, who is homeless, supported the protest.
Niall said: "I have been homeless for five years and, believe me, no-one lives like this unless they have no choice. Surely the council can find the cuts they say they need from other places."
A city council spokesman said: "The proposals aim to support people into independent living.
"We want to focus resources away from addressing homelessness after it happens to preventing it from happening at all. Therefore, we propose to build on preventative services.
"We also aim to develop the supply of private rented accommodation so that some people will not have to go into a hostel at all."
The plans are part of the council budget which will be finalised later this month.