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10 Oct 2016

Rise in Homelessness highlights importance of National Rough Sleeping Strategy

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St Mungo’s delivers letter with over 15,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street calling on the Prime Minister to lead a new strategy to end rough sleeping

Today (10 October, 11am) St Mungo’s clients, staff and volunteers are handing in a letter with over 15,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street, calling on the PM to lead an ambitious rough sleeping strategy.

This letter, delivered on World Homelessness Day and World Mental Health Day (10 October), highlights the need to stop the scandal of people sleeping rough. St Mungo’s research found four in ten rough sleepers have a mental health problem and poor mental health is keeping people stuck on the streets for longer.

Five years ago, government statistics showed that 1,768 people were sleeping rough in England on any one night. That figure has now more than doubled to 3,569. Recent statistics released by DCLG reveal statutory homelessness is also on the rise, up 10% in Q2 2016 compared to the same period last year.

Read the full story on the St Mungo’s website

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