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Rough sleeping

More and more people are sleeping rough. Living on the streets is dangerous. It causes health problems and affects people’s wellbeing.

How can this be solved?

We think that it is possible to end rough sleeping. All public services have their role to play in preventing people from ending up on the streets. This includes health services and the criminal justice system. 

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The issues explained

Enforcement

Rough sleepers are being punished by measures introduced to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Rough sleepers and complex needs

Rough sleeping is dangerous and isolating. Long periods spent sleeping rough leads to health problems.

Ending rough sleeping

Rough sleeping is rising across the UK. Not enough is being done to address this.

Scale and impact

Our research into the scale and experience of rough sleeping including enforcement interventions.

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Estimated number of people sleeping rough in 2016 on a single night in Autumn across England

This was up by 16% on 2015.

Campaign

Campaign success: when the snap general election was called in 2017 we successfully campaigned, with other homeless charities, for the major political parties in England to commit to end rough sleeping.

Campaign successes

Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said: “This appalling spike in the number of people forced to sleep rough in London is a disaster for every single person experiencing life on the streets. Across the capital, local authorities are struggling with increasing numbers of people new to the streets, which is why the root causes of the problem must be tackled.


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“We are deeply saddened and shocked beyond belief to hear of the deaths of all these individuals. To think of just one person dying due to the consequences of poverty and homelessness is appalling, but to learn of the sheer scale of those who’ve lost their lives in the past year is nothing short of horrifying. This is a wake-up call to see homelessness as a national emergency."


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What you can do

Volunteer

We could not do our work without the support and commitment of volunteers throughout the year across the UK.


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Campaign

Add your voice to the thousands of Crisis campaigners who sign petitions, email their MP and raise awareness. 


Current campaigns