Just under a quarter of a million people are experiencing the worst forms of homelessness across Britain, with rough sleeping forecast to rise by 76% in the next decade.
This is according to an August 2017 report (pdf) from Crisis.
The report examine levels and causes of core homelessness across England, Scotland and Wales, their projected levels until 2041, and the potential impact of policy measures to address the issue.
Key findings include:
- 9,100 people are sleeping rough, compared to previous estimates of rough sleeping at 4,134 households for England
- 68,300 households are sofa surfing
- 19,300 households are living in unsuitable temporary accommodation
- 37,200 households are living in hostels
- 26,000 households are living in other circumstances, including:
- 8,900 households sleeping in tents, cars or on public transport
- 12,100 households living in squats
- 5,000 households in women’s refuges or winter night shelters
- The most important driver of homelessness in all its forms is poverty. Other drivers include: availability and affordability of accommodation, prevention measures and the demographics of people experiencing homelessness
- An end to welfare cuts and focused prevention activity can make an impact on levels of core homelessness – but this is limited if not accompanied by affordable and accessible housing.
Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said:
‘Regardless of what happens in people’s lives, whatever difficulties they face or choices they make, no one should ever have to face homelessness. With the right support at the right time, it doesn’t need to be inevitable. There are solutions, and we’re determined to find them and make them a reality.’