About homelessness

Homelessness takes different forms.

The most severe and visible form of homelessness is rough sleeping. Official figures estimate that on any one night, almost 5,000 people are sleeping rough in England. The charity Crisis has suggested that this is an underestimate, and that the true figure is closer to 8,000.

In addition, there are about 80,000 households in England meeting the statutory definition of homeless and living in temporary accommodation with no settled home.

There are many more ‘hidden homeless’ without a permanent home but not meeting the statutory definition – for example, those living in over-crowded accommodation, or moving between unsuitable places.

All forms of homelessness damage people’s health and wellbeing and stop them from achieving their potential.

To find out more about homelessness, please click here.