Rough Sleeping Statistics "Tip Of The Iceberg"

Alabare homeless charity rough sleeping statistics

Homelessness is a tragedy no matter the time of year but in winter and freezing conditions, people's thoughts are often concentrated on rough sleepers. 

Across the UK visible homelessness is up. Alabaré work regularly in partnership with Wiltshire Council to record local rough sleeping statistics. However, these figures are just the tip of the iceberg. 

For every one person sleeping rough on the street, there is another living in a car or a tent. (Crisis 2018) Across the UK, tens of thousands of people depend on the kindness of friends and family for a place to sleep every night. Many more at risk of homelessness are under severe financial pressures. 

What are the main types of homelessness?

Alabare Types of Homelessness charity

1. Rough sleeping

Rough sleeping is the most visible form of homelessness but is just the tip of the iceberg. 

Research suggests there are 12,300 people are sleeping rough. (Crisis 2018)

Click here to find out more about how you can help rough sleepers this winter.

2. Statutory homelessness

Local authorities have a duty to secure a home for some groups of people. Every year, tens of thousands of people apply to their local authority for homelessness assistance. 

Research suggests that 84,740 households live in temporary accommodation. (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 2019).

3. Hidden homelessness

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 are sofa-surfing, living in hostels or overcrowded accommodation.

4. Those at risk of homelessness

One in three working families in England could not afford to pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job. Even more shockingly, research by Shelter also revealed that a fifth of working parents face the nightmare prospect of being immediately unable to make their next rent or mortgage payment if they lost their job, and couldn’t get another one straightaway. (Shelter 2016)

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