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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 →

The number of people seen rough sleeping in London has risen by 13 per cent in the past year, according to a new report

Street  to Home 2012/13’, produced by Broadway Homelessness and Support, shows that 6,437 people were seen sleeping  on the streets of the Capital between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. This  compares to 5,678 the previous year. However, the report also shows that a greater proportion of people were  only seen sleeping rough once in.. read more →

Just because an alarming number of homeless people die young, doesn’t mean we should get used to it

Jeremy Swain, Chief Executive of homelessness charity Thames Reach, blogs about how people within the homeless sector can almost become immune to death on the streets. …there is a danger that the familiar ritual of attending another funeral means we become immune to the gravity of a life ended early. Recently some of us working with people.. read more →

Councils may be forced to spend more time assessing the needs of homeless people

Judge Anthony Thornton flagged up the potential impact of the case of a man who was last week granted permission to apply for a judicial review of the way Westminster Council handled his homelessness application. Judge Thornton said that given ‘the importance and topicality of this decision’ in the field of homeless applications he had.. read more →

St Mungos work with Broadway to deliver NSNO

St Mungo’s is working with Broadway Homelessness and Support to take forward the Mayor’s No Second Night Out service for two more years. Charles Fraser, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s said: “It is vital that anyone newly sleeping rough is helped off the streets as quickly as possible. We are pleased to be partnering with.. read more →

Broadway wins NSNO Contract

Homelessness charity Broadway has won the £5 million two-year contract to take on the mayor of London’s no second night out project from June this year. Howard Sinclair, chief executive of Broadway, said: ‘We are committed to ending rough sleeping in the capital and by working in partnership on this tender – and by expanding.. read more →