New statistics lead to a call for strategic revision of the broken housing system as only way to achieve the goal of ending rough sleeping.

Today, the Government has released both its annual snapshot of rough sleeping figures and statutory quarterly homelessness statistics (July – September 2023)

The snapshot shows that on a single night in autumn 2023 there were 3,898 people seen sleeping rough in England.

That is an increase of 27% on the previous year’s total of 3,069 – with the number of people sleeping rough increasing in every region compared to the previous year.


The rough sleeping figures also show:


The statutory homelessness figures from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities show:


Emma Haddad, CEO of St Mungo’s, said: “We should all be deeply worried at yet more record highs in the numbers of rough sleepers.

At St Mungo’s we know that behind each number is a person in crisis. Everyday our charity helps people facing challenges that would be in many of our worst nightmares. We are doing everything we can to help but are almost thwarted at each turn by the lack of social and supported housing, a huge shortage in affordable rental properties and a growing number of people sleeping on the streets. The system is buckling under the strain.”

“St Mungo’s frontline teams are facing extreme pressure to help rising numbers of people in desperate need. The Government’s own ambition to end rough sleeping by 2024 has been undermined by a string of policy decisions that are not about prevention but more a quick fix. We need a new political approach that takes a strategic view across the whole housing system and beyond, preventing people from falling into homelessness in the first place.”