New CHAIN Greater London annual report released

St Mungo’s is urging the government to follow through on their manifesto pledge to end rough sleeping and tackle homelessness, as the latest CHAIN report revealed that 8,108 people were seen rough sleeping in London in 2016-17.

The figure is about the same as the previous year, when 8,096 people were found by outreach workers across the capital.

The figures are from the CHAIN Greater London report which brings together information about people seen rough sleeping by outreach teams across London through the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN), commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA).

St Mungo’s has outreach teams, commissioned by local authorities, which go out day and night to work with anyone who is sleeping rough and offer the right support to help people off the streets and to rebuild their lives. The starting point for our work is the belief that sleeping on the streets is dangerous and harmful to people’s health, regardless of where you are from. Our role is about advocacy and support.

While some people need help finding accommodation they can afford, others face complex challenges and we always work with each person with dignity and respect to help them move away from the street for good. Supported housing is crucial in this.