Almost 5.000 people sleep on the streets every night in England

Homeless person in the streets │ Gavin

       Homeless person in the streets │ Gavin

Around 5.000 people (4.751) slept in the streets every night in England during 2018. This number is more than double in five years, according to last report of Shelter about rough sleepers in the country. The report has also shown an increase by 15% of people sleeping in the streets in the last year alone.

Since 2013, Shelter has received over 22.000 people seeking for help. Most of them were rough sleepers or people at risk of becoming homeless. However, there were also many lone women and families with dependent children.

London, capital of rough sleepers

The statistics of CHAIN has shown that almost 7.500 people were sleeping on the streets for at least one night in London. This number is six times higher than the number recorded sleeping rough on a given night.

After London, the North West has experienced the greatest increase in the number of rough sleepers (195%) since 2012. Followed by the South East (153%) and the East Midlands (128%). The North East hasn’t been included in the areas with more homeless people across England.

Profile of rough sleepers

Most homeless people (83%) are men aged over 25, according to official statistics. Nevertheless, Shelter has warned that 21% of people asking for help since 2013 were women and families with dependent children.

Half of people don’t receive council support

Almost half of the people included in this report said that they didn’t receive council support. This is particularly worrying especially with families and dependent children.

1 out of 4 people were discriminated by landlords when trying to find a new home. The last survey of YouGov has revealed that 43% landlords in the UK have banned people with housing benefits. 18% of them said that they have also banned families with children. Not having enough money to pay the deposit and the loss of a family member were also reasons to become homeless.

“There was ‘no DSS’ discrimination definitely. They didn’t want to let to me because I was on housing benefit… It’s another prejudice against the homeless.” Woman, 50s

More homeless people with mental health issues

According to Shelter, half of the people interviewed experienced mental health problems such as depression and loneliness. These problems have become the most common issue for homeless people among alcohol and drug abuse.

‘Twelve, thirteen years ago, I had a four-bedroom detached place I was paying £1,200 [a month] for but you never know when depression’s going to strike” Man, 40s

The spending under the Supporting People programme has fallen by 59% (from £1.44 billion to £588 million) since 2010-11, according to the National Audit Office. Shelter’s research has found that providing accessible and secure homes and support to sustain the tenancy is key to tackle homelessness.

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