We are calling on governments across the UK to provide more low cost housing for people who need it. Rents should be set at levels that people on low incomes can afford, or benefit rules should be changed. Councils, housing associations and private landlords must all make sure that their properties are of a decent standard. People should not have to move every few months. We want to see more schemes that help homeless people find and keep accommodation.
Renting from a private landlord is the only housing option for many people. But rents are high and properties are often in poor condition.
Not all homeless people need the same sort of housing. Some people need more than just a roof over their head.
Our evidence on the different types of housing available in the UK and barriers to accessing them.
of private landlords will let their properties to homeless people
Six out of ten councils find it hard to access social tenancies for homeless people
More than 170,000 families and individuals across Britain are experiencing the worst forms of homelessness, according to new figures released today. This includes people sleeping on our streets, sofa-surfing with strangers, living in hostels, and stuck in other dangerous situations.
"These statistics are a harrowing reminder of how deadly life on the streets can be. As we get closer to Christmas and temperatures are dropping, rough sleepers are facing exposure to dangerous conditions, above and beyond the violence and abuse often experienced when living on the streets."