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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

“These figures are a devastating reminder that rough sleeping is beyond dangerous – it’s deadly, and it’s claiming more and more lives each year. Those sleeping on our streets are exposed to everything from sub-zero temperatures, to violence and abuse, and fatal illnesses."


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The Homelessness Reduction Act comes into force on 3 April. It is the biggest change to England's...


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Today’s announcement of funding for new Rough Sleeping teams is a step in the right direction, but without further detail of an equally ambitious offer of a home and tailored support for every rough sleeper across the country, it falls short of what’s required to truly end rough sleeping.


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What you can do

Volunteer

We could not do our work without the support and commitment of volunteers throughout the year across the UK.


Volunteering positions
Campaign

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


Current campaigns