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* The Government rough sleeping figures for England composed of street counts and estimates indicated 4,751 people slept rough on any one night in England (Autumn 2017). This is up by 617 (16%) from the autumn 2016 total of 4,134 and 169% from 1,768 in 2010 when the first equivalent count took place. Doubts are emerging over some of the estimates, as some councils may have misinterpreted Government guidance to estimate a figure based on any one night, and returned inaccurate figures based on a longer time frame
* A mixture of street counts and estimates indicated 1,137 people slept rough on any one night in London, accounting for 24% of the national figure
* 8,108 individuals were reported sleeping rough across the course of the year in London, a slight increase on the figure of 8,096 recorded last year
To help our supporters better understand this global problem, we have sought to compile the latest available statistics on the challenges faced by people around the globe.
The last time a global survey was attempted – by the United Nations in 2005 – an estimated 100 million people were homeless worldwide. As many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing.
Homelessness is increasing rapidly and is a global problem, not just in the UK.
* 2,127 rough sleepers were helped off the street by outreach services and moved into somewhere safe
* 63% or 5,094 were seen sleeping rough for the first time in London
* 72% of new rough sleepers only spent one night sleeping out on the capital• Only 220 or 3% of those rough sleepers seen on the streets in 2016/17 were seen in all four quarters
* Only four people under 18 slept rough in London during the course of the year
* The majority of London’s rough sleepers are defined as non-UK nationals, accounting for 53% of the total in the latest annual figures
* 49% of London’s rough sleepers had mental health support needs in the latest quarterly figures
* During the period 1 October – 31 December 2017, 2,630 individuals were found sleeping rough on London’s streets, down 7% on the same quarter last year
* 8,324 hostel and longer-term bed-spaces in London
* 34,497 hostel and second stage accommodation bed-spaces in England
* At least 75,000 individuals use hostels over a year
* Estimated at 400,000
* Over 14,000 Veterans are homeless in the UK and this is growing monthly, unfortunately they are not receiving the attention they need and deserve and many are suffering from PSTD. A vast number of Veterans have turned to drink and drugs to escape the trauma they are having to deal with on a daily basis and are in desperate need to get the right care and to be housed.
Jenny wants to focus on the homeless Veterans too as they are in very much need of help.
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