A new study by Crisis has shown that rough sleeping in England has risen by 15% in the past eight years.

The Government’s official count last autumn estimated that over 4,700 people slept on the streets in England on any given night. However, the national homeless charity has conducted its own research and found that this figure, in reality, was almost double. Moreover, Crisis also found that 9,000 people were sleeping in tents, cars, trains and buses.

Rough sleeping is one of the most visible forms of homelessness, so it’s incredibly frustrating to see that not enough is being done to combat the issue. If the Government is serious about preventing homelessness, halving the number of rough sleepers by 2022 and ending it all together by 2027, more needs to be done at an earlier stage to stop people falling into crisis in the first place.

We believe better ongoing support needs to be made available, alongside affordable social housing. A housing-first option needs to be considered by the government for those have significant housing needs and before they hit crisis point.

Our approach to rough sleepers is distinctive from a lot of services as we do not just check on rough sleepers to ensure they are safe. We offer advocacy and companionship to those sleeping on the streets, arranging appointments, signposting them to services and ensuring that they have a voice when dealing with authorities.

Street homelessness is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tackling the issue. A diverse range of people can be and are affected daily by problems that mean they end up in a homeless situation.

If you’d like to know more or find out how you can get involved, please get in touch with us on our Facebook page or via info@hullhomeless.co.uk.