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Rough sleeping

More and more people are sleeping rough. Living on the streets is dangerous. It causes health problems and affects people’s wellbeing.

How can this be solved?

We think that it is possible to end 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. 

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The issues explained

Enforcement

Rough sleepers are being punished by measures introduced to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Rough sleepers and complex needs

Rough sleeping is dangerous and isolating. Long periods spent sleeping rough leads to health problems.

Ending rough sleeping

Rough sleeping is rising across the UK. Not enough is being done to address this.

Scale and impact

Our research into the scale and experience of rough sleeping including enforcement interventions.

4,134

Estimated number of people sleeping rough in 2016 on a single night in Autumn across England

This was up by 16% on 2015.

Campaign

Campaign success: when the snap general election was called in 2017 we successfully campaigned, with other homeless charities, for the major political parties in England to commit to end rough sleeping.

Campaign successes

"For the strategy to work, the government must also set out bold, cross-departmental plans to tackle the root causes of all forms of homelessness, and prevent it from happening in the first place. This must include plans to build significantly more social housing, to foster greater security for renters, to ensure people have access to benefits and other support they need to help them keep their homes."


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This week the Greater London Authority (GLA) published figures showing that over the course of 20...


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Responding to the statistics, Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “While it is encouraging to see the overall number of rough sleepers in London has gone down, it is unacceptable that thousands of people in London found themselves going from a settled home to sleeping on the streets last year.


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What you can do

Volunteer

We could not do our work without the support and commitment of volunteers throughout the year across the UK.


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Campaign

Add your voice to the thousands of Crisis campaigners who sign petitions, email their MP and raise awareness. 


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