Below are the details of the latest government figures on rough sleeping in England. It’s concerning that the number of rough sleepers has once again risen after 4 years of decline, and that this has been seen most predominantly in London. At Caridon Foundation we are here to support people who are at risk of homelessness and want to provide support to find accommodation and other related services.
- The number of people estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2022 is 3,069, which after 4 years of decreases has risen for the first time since the peak in 2017.
- The number of people estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2022 is down 28% from 2019 which was before COVID-19 related measures which may have reduced people’s risk of rough sleeping, particularly in 2020.
The number of people estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2022 is up by 626 people or 26% from 2021. It is down 35% from 2017, but is up 74% since 2010 when the snapshot approach was introduced.
The rate of people sleeping rough on a single night in England in 2022 was 5.4 people per 100,000. This has increased since 2021 (4.3 per 100,000) though is lower than in 2017 (8.5 per 100,000).
While rough sleeping increased in every region of England compared to the previous year, increases have been driven by a small number of areas. Over half the increase in the number of people sleeping rough on a single night is driven by 15 areas (5% of all areas). In just under half of all areas (46%) the number of people sleeping rough decreased or stayed the same compared to last year.
The largest increase in the number of people estimated to be sleeping rough was in London, where there were 858 people this year compared to 640 people last year, an increase of 218 people or 34%.
Nearly half (47%) of all people sleeping rough on a single night in autumn are in London and the South East.
Most people sleeping rough in England are male, aged over 26 years old and from the UK. This is similar to previous years.