On any given night over 200,000 families and individuals experience homelessness across the England alone. These figures include rough sleeping, people living in cars, sheds, garages, and other unconventional buildings, sofa surfing, hostels and temporary accommodation such as Bed & Breakfasts
In 2018, the UK Government rough sleeping count for England, found there has been a 94% increase since 2013, and 165% increase overall since 2010. This situation is increasing as a result of the pandemic as the figures for ‘working homeless’ increase.
Many of these people are defined as Entrenched Homeless, people who may be living a rough sleeping lifestyle, or who has a history of long-term hostel living and repeated periods of rough sleeping.
Many of these people experiencing homelessness are subject to abuse and exploitation and more than 8 out of 10 people (85%) reported having a chronic health condition, therefore likely to die prematurely.