We are working with governments across Britain to make sure that by law every homeless person is entitled to get the help they need. We want people to be offered help, not criminalised for being homeless. This includes people who come here from overseas. We know that many homeless people have spent time in prison. Helping people into housing when they leave prison makes them less likely to commit more crimes.
Councils in England, Scotland and Wales are required by law to help homeless people. They could still do more.
People who come to Britain from overseas and fall on hard times struggle to get help. This is causing homelessness.
Our research examines the impact of legislation and interventions on homelessness.
Public spending would fall by
if 40,000 people were prevented from experiencing one year of homelessness
Today the High Court reached a landmark decision, ruling that the Right to Rent scheme in England causes racial discrimination and breaches the European Convention on Human Rights.
"These statistics are a harrowing reminder of how deadly life on the streets can be. As we get closer to Christmas and temperatures are dropping, rough sleepers are facing exposure to dangerous conditions, above and beyond the violence and abuse often experienced when living on the streets."