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Rough sleeping

More and more people are sleeping rough. Living on the streets is dangerous. It causes health problems and affects people’s wellbeing.

How can this be solved?

We think that it is possible to end rough sleeping. To do this there needs to be a commitment from governments across Britain to develop a strategy to tackle rough sleeping. All public services have their role to play in preventing people from ending up on the streets. This includes health services and the criminal justice system.  

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The issues explained

Enforcement

Rough sleepers are being punished by measures introduced to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Rough sleepers and complex needs

Rough sleeping is dangerous and isolating. Long periods spent sleeping rough leads to health problems.

Ending rough sleeping

Rough sleeping is rising across the UK. Not enough is being done to address this.

Scale and impact

Our research into the scale and experience of rough sleeping including enforcement interventions.

4,134

Estimated number of people sleeping rough in 2016 on a single night in Autumn across England

This was up by 16% on 2015.

Campaign

Our No one turned away campaign is calling for every homeless person who approaches their council to get the help they need.

No one turned away campaign

This blog originally featured on Huffington Post This week the new Government set out its priorit...


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Yesterday a complaint was filed with the EU Commission against the UK Government’s policy of detaining rough sleepers from the European Economic Area and sending them back to their country of origin. The complaint comes from FEANTSA – a respected umbrella body representing homelessness organisations across Europe - who claim the policy abuses EU free movement rights and criminalises vulnerable people.


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Crisis responds to a complaint filed with the EU Commission against the UK Government’s policy of detaining rough sleepers from the European Economic Area and sending them back to their country of origin. The complaint comes from FEANTSA – a respected umbrella body representing homelessness organisations across Europe - who claim the policy abuses EU free movement rights and criminalises vulnerable people.


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What you can do

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Add your voice to the thousands of Crisis campaigners who sign petitions, email their MP and raise awareness. 


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