Our response to the government’s annual rough sleeping snapshot

25 February 2021

The annual rough sleeping snapshot shows that rough sleeping has fallen 43% since 2018.

Kate Henderson, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation, said:

“The government's Everybody In initiative has had a significant effect on reducing the number of people who are homeless on our streets. However, we cannot be complacent and there is still a long way to go to end rough sleeping for good. The effects of the pandemic are still being felt. Those who were housed are at risk of returning to the streets if they do not receive adequate support, and as the pandemic protection measures come to an end, many more could risk becoming homeless unless safeguards are put in place.

“Alongside emergency measures, we need sustainable long-term solutions. This means prompt funding certainty for long-term move on accommodation and support services to help rough sleepers stay in their homes. There also needs to be investment in prevention services to make sure people who could be at risk of homelessness, such as those who may have lost jobs or seen their health deteriorate, remain housed.”

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