How many people sleep rough in England?

What we know about numbers and trends for people who sleep rough in England.

It can be difficult to work out the number of people sleeping rough for a number of reasons. People bed down at different times, move about, and can be hidden away in derelict buildings. However, each year every local authority in England does estimate or count the number of people sleeping rough in their area.

This information is then submitted to the Department for Communities and Local Government and provides an estimate of the number of individuals sleeping out on any one night in England.

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Rachel Hurcombe

Research Officer

Rachel is the Research Officer for the Research team. Prior to joining Homeless Link she carried out research in a variety of fields, including alcohol use, ethnicity, young people and mental health, with a particular interest in marginalised groups.

Telephone: 020 7840 4418

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