9% annual reduction in rough sleeping

9% annual reduction in rough sleeping

10:22 AM, 25th February 2022, About 3 months ago 2

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The annual rough sleeping statistics, published 24 February 2022, show that rates have fallen for a fourth year in a row with a 9% reduction in rough sleeping compared to last year. Numbers have fallen in every region of England, taking levels to an 8-year low overall.

The number of people in emergency accommodation has also nearly halved, with more people securing long-term homes.

Rough Sleeping and Housing Minister Eddie Hughes MP said: “The government remains focused on ending rough sleeping by the end of this parliament and we’re making excellent progress towards this.

“Today’s figures are testament to that, showing our investment is helping more people have a roof over their heads and the best possible chance of turning their lives around.”

£800 million has been invested this year alone to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, with £2 billion committed over the next 3 years.

This includes providing 6,000 long-term homes through the £433 million Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme and up to £52 million for rehab and detox services for people with drug or alcohol issues.

The government has committed to publishing its Rough Sleeping strategy, to set out a plan for how it will continue its work to end rough sleeping by ensuring rough sleeping is prevented in the first instance, and responded to effectively in the rare cases where it occurs.

Further information

Today’s Annual rough sleeping snapshot measures the number of people sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2021.

As part of its commitment to be more transparent, the government has published additional data on the support available for rough sleepers, providing a fuller picture so the problem can be tackled.



Comments

by moneymanager

15:56 PM, 25th February 2022, About 3 months ago

How does the government propose to have sufficient capacity together with an "open door" to illegal immigration?

by DSR

17:05 PM, 25th February 2022, About 3 months ago

interesting that the homeless figures do not include sofa surfers though as they fall off the count.

I had a tenant leave yesterday . All planned etc when I asked for her next address she gave her mums address and said she was literally on the sofa/floor. Technically she is homeless as she is not going into another rented place of her own, and she does not qualify for emergency accommodation even though she went to the council that same afternoon she left my flat.
She is single - under 25 but with no children or any other 'issues' she does not fall under the remit for help. Literally the council said they could not help in any way!


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