On average, homeless people die at just 44 years old. Homelessness is devastating, dangerous, and isolating.
People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence of unimaginable sorts. Generally, more than one in three people sleeping rough have been deliberately hit or kicked or experienced some other form of physical violence whilst being homeless.
Homeless people are over nine times more likely to take their own life than the general population…
What causes homelessness?
People become homeless for lots of different reasons. There are social causes of homelessness, such as a lack of affordable housing, poverty and unemployment; and life events that cause individuals to become homeless. The most common out of these causes of homelessness is poverty, as it is undeniably a major world issue.
People can become homeless when they leave prison, care, or the army with no home to go to. Many homeless women have escaped a violent/toxic marriage. Many people become homeless because they can no longer afford the rent of their house. And for many, life events like a relationship breaking down, losing a job, mental or physical health problems, or substance misuse can be the trigger. Being homeless can, in turn, make many of these problems even harder to resolve.
Some additional factors that contribute to the causes of homelessness are;
- Bad health and diseases
- Housing issues
- Law and rights
How many people are homeless?
There is no national figure for how many people are homeless across the UK. This is because homelessness is recorded differently in each nation, and because many homeless people do not show up in official statistics at all. Government street counts and estimates give a snapshot of the national situation. The latest figures showed that 4,751 people slept rough across England on any given night in 2017 – a 15% increase compared to the previous year, and more than double the amount in 2010. Last year 57,890 households were accepted as homeless in England. In Scotland, 34,100 applications were assessed as homeless and in Wales 9,210 households were threatened with homelessness.
Types of homelessness
Rough sleeping is the most visible form of homelessness, and when most people think of a homeless person they tend to think of someone sleeping rough on the streets. Many people who sleep rough will suffer from multiple health conditions, such as mental health problems and drug misuse they are also in greater danger of violence than the general population.
Local authorities have a duty to secure a home for some groups of people. This is often referred to as the main homelessness duty. Every year, tens of thousands of people apply to their local authority for homelessness assistance. To be legally defined as homeless you must either lack a secure place in which you are entitled to live or not reasonably be able to stay. However, in order to receive assistance under the main homelessness duty, there are further strict criteria that you have to meet. Local authorities may initially provide temporary accommodation to households who might meet these criteria, mainly families with children.
Many people who are not entitled to help with housing, or who don’t even approach their councils for help, aren’t counted in the official statistics. Many stay in hostels, squats, or B&Bs, in overcrowded accommodation or ‘concealed’ housing, such as the floors or sofas of friends and family. What we’re doing to end homelessness.
We have made a plan to do so, based on;
1) Widescale review of the best evidence worldwide
2) New research from leading academics and organisations
3) Several experts consulted on solutions
We campaign for the changes needed to end homelessness for good. We work with thousands of campaigners, homeless people, allies and influencers to get the lasting change we need to end homelessness. Sometimes our campaigning is very public and sometimes we make the case for change behind the scenes.
We campaign on a range of issues including benefits and employment, health and wellbeing, housing, law and rights, and rough sleeping. We campaign to change policy in Westminster, devolved administrations, city regions and local councils. And we need your help.
Homelessness knowledge hub;
We provide research-based information on homelessness and raise awareness among the people, which helps lessen this tragic issue in societies.
We directly provide those suffering with homelessness with houses/rooms to live in.
What you can do
There are lots of ways you can support our work and help end homelessness.
At minimal charges, you can directly contribute to tackling the tragic existence of homelessness.
Help us campaign for the changes we know are needed to end homelessness for good.
Join an event, fundraise at your organisation or do your own thing.
Volunteer to make a real difference to people experiencing homelessness.