Hidden homelessness

Many people who become homeless do not show up in official figures. This is known as hidden homelessness.

This includes people who become homeless but find a temporary solution by staying with family members or friends, living in squats or other insecure accommodation.

Research by the charity Crisis indicates that about 62% of single homeless people are hidden and may not show up in official figures.

A poll of 2,000 UK adults we commissioned in December 2013, found that 32% of people have experienced homelessness (including sofa surfing and staying with friends) or know someone who has experienced homelessness. 14% had experienced it themselves, 20% knew someone else who had experienced it, 2% said they had both experienced it and knew others who had.

Talk To Us

Debra Hertzberg

Research manager

Debra is research manager at Homeless Link, coordinating research into homelessness and across other areas of social exclusion. 

Telephone: 020 7840 4422
Email: debra.hertzberg@homelesslink.org.uk