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28 Jun 2013

6,437 people on the streets is a statistic; one person on the streets is a tragedy

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The recent figures on rough sleeping do not make for good reading: 6,437 people were seen sleeping rough in the past 12 months in London, with 4,353 of them new to the capital. To shamelessly steal (and amend) a quote: 6,437 people on the streets is a statistic; one person on the streets is a tragedy. This is very much the case here.

No one should be homeless and no one should have to spend a single night on the streets. It is a dangerous way to live; it is evidence of serious problems within society and it is an unnecessary cause of harm to far too many people. However, I can look at these figures and take some heart from what they are telling us as I know more than most about what is going on in the background to support our society’s most vulnerable.

Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support blog from The Guardian

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