We think that it is possible to end rough sleeping. To do this there needs to be a commitment from governments across Britain to develop a strategy to tackle rough sleeping. All public services have their role to play in preventing people from ending up on the streets. This includes health services and the criminal justice system.
Rough sleepers are being punished by measures introduced to tackle antisocial behaviour.
Rough sleeping is dangerous and isolating. Long periods spent sleeping rough leads to health problems.
Our research into the scale and experience of rough sleeping including enforcement interventions.
Estimated number of people sleeping rough in 2016 on a single night in Autumn across England
This was up by 16% on 2015.
“Today’s announcement is a hugely positive step that underlines the Government’s commitment to ending rough sleeping by 2027. As our own Housing First study in Liverpool has found, for the most vulnerable rough sleepers and other homeless people, the best approach is to support them into a stable home of their own as soon as possible and provide them with individually tailored support to help them to stay there.
“These figures are a devastating reminder that rough sleeping is beyond dangerous – it’s deadly, and it’s claiming more and more lives each year. Those sleeping on our streets are exposed to everything from sub-zero temperatures, to violence and abuse, and fatal illnesses."