London Mayor accepts rough sleeping challenge
In April 2008 Crisis co-hosted an event at which Crisis members who have experienced homelessness challenged candidates for mayor.
This was the first time that current Mayor of London Boris Johnson pledged to end rough sleeping in the capital, which has led to the creation of the London Delivery Board, set up to achieve this aim.
Background to the campaign
- Each year around 3,000 people sleep rough in London and there are thousands more hidden homeless in the capital.
- Around 57,000 households in London live in temporary accommodation.
- In 2007, more than 30,000 households applied to their local council for homelessness assistance - but most single homeless people will not have qualified for help.
- The Mayor of London has far-reaching powers and can make a real difference to homeless people in the capital.