The number of people sleeping rough in England has risen by 169% since 2010.
Rough sleeping is harmful, dangerous and ruins lives, but it is not inevitable. We must stop the scandal of men and women sleeping on our streets.
Since 2016 St Mungo's has been calling for a new national strategy to end rough sleeping and changes to the law to ensure that fewer people end up stuck sleeping rough, especially those with a mental health problem.
Our urgent calls are having an impact on decision makers. In 2017 the government:
- Backed the Homelessness Reduction Act. This new legislation will require councils to do more to prevent people sleeping rough in the first place when it comes into force in April 2018.
- Committed to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it altogether by 2027.
- Launched a new cross-government 'taskforce' to develop a national strategy to meet its target to end rough sleeping.
Thank you for helping us to make this happen by signing petitions, sending messages to MPs and generally raising your voice on behalf of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
However, the latest rough sleeping statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show that our concerns remain as urgent as ever, and we need to continue to campaign to stop the scandal of people sleeping rough across the country.
In 2018 we will be asking for your help to ensure the government draws on evidence and experience from organisations such as St Mungo's, and from people with personal experience of rough sleeping, when preparing its new strategy.
You can find out more by reading our Stop the Scandal campaign reports:
- Stop the Scandal: an investigation into mental health and rough sleeping (February 2016).
- Nowhere Safe to Stay: the dangers of sleeping rough (October 2016).
- Stop the Scandal: the case for action on mental health and rough sleeping (November 2016).