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Why Has The Number Of People Rough Sleeping Been Rising?

The Londonist explores the reasons behind the rise in rough sleeping figures in the capital. The first thing we want to know: what’s behind the rise in rough sleepers? The economy? Benefit caps? “Actually, the rise in people recorded and seen is down to a change in practice,” Petra explains. “No Second Night Out began.. read more →

Councils recommended to provide accommodation for homeless TB sufferers

A briefing released today for local authorities has recommended that they provide accommodation for homeless people who are undergoing treatment for tuberculosis to help stop the disease spreading. Click here to read the full article from Inside Housing read more →

How the homeless are being trafficked into exploitative and dangerous work

The homeless are under threat from criminal gangs. They pick them up from soup kitchens and day centres across the capital with offers of money or drink in return for low-skilled work, then traffic them around the country to do slave labour. Thames Reach detail how rough sleepers are being targetted by such trafficking in.. read more →

Homelesssness services partner with waste management company to prevent bin deaths

The government-backed advice line Streetlink, which is operated by umbrella body Homeless Link and charity Broadway, is in talks about forming a partnership with waste management company Biffa to encourage refuse collectors to check nobody is sleeping in bins before clearing them away. The talks follow at least three deaths of homeless people sleeping in.. read more →

Migrant homelessness is an issue we need to stop ignoring

There are numerous sites of this type in towns, cities and rural areas around the country, some hidden, others grimly exposed and blighting local neighbourhoods. Yet this horrifying phenomenon of rough sleeping among predominantly non-UK nationals remains an issue that, with honourable exceptions, homelessness organisations are reluctant to highlight, less still debate. Jeremy Swian, Chief.. read more →

More people are sleeping on London’s streets, but they spend less time there

While the flow of people on to the streets seems to have increased, the stock of entrenched homeless people—the really worrying group—has swollen much less. The Mayor’s No Second Night Out policy, which provides an emergency place to sleep and some help to rough sleepers, has increased the proportion of the newly homeless spending only.. read more →

Increase in rough sleepers found by Outreach teams

Thames Reach are not surprised by the increase in the numbers of rough sleepers in London announced in June. Audrey Mitchell, Thames Reach’s Director of Outreach Services, said: “The CHAIN data showing an increase in the number of rough sleepers is not a surprise to us. We know from our nightly shifts that numbers are up, but through.. read more →

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

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.. read more →

Rough sleeping goes up 13 per cent in London

The number of rough sleepers in London has gone up 13 per cent in the past year, according to statistics commissioned by the Greater London Authority and local authorities. Homelessness charity Broadway released figures today showing the number of people seen sleeping on the streets of the capital between 1 April 2012 and 31 March.. read more →

St Mungo’s is calling for local authorities to urgently improve the advice and assistance they offer to people asking for housing help

Charles Fraser, St Mungo’s Chief Executive, said: “It is shocking that rough sleeping numbers continue to rise and yet more people are being woefully failed. Without urgent action, we are in danger of seeing a decade of destitution and despair.” St Mungo’s is calling for local authorities to urgently improve the advice and assistance they.. read more →