Rough sleeping has more than doubled in England since 2010. Our research shows that four in 10 people sleeping rough have a mental health proble, and that people who sleep rough with a mental health problem are 50% more likely to spend more than a year on the streets.
We spoke to clients, and submitted Freedom of Information requests to areas which are known to have 10 or more people sleeping rough each night. What we found out was deeply disturbing.
Our new report, Stop the Scandal: the case for action on mental health and rough sleeping, shows that over two thirds (68%) of these areas fail to commission specialist mental health services.
We spoke to clients about their experiences, and what services that targeted people sleeping rough with mental health problems should look like. They told us that services must be: accessible, attentive, understanding, caring and persistent.
We will be taking our report to Parliament, to lobby ministers for the commissioning and development of services that really work for people. You can read it, and find out more about our Stop the Scandal campaign, here.