Why our help is needed
3,975 people slept rough in London in 2010/11; a 8% increase (Broadway, Street to Home 2010/11)
Health and mortality
- The national life expectancy is 77 years compared to 47 years of that of a rough sleeper. (Crisis, The Silent Killer, 2011)
- Around 10% of the homeless population has both a mental health and a substance misuse problem - so called dual diagnosis. (Crisis, The Silent Killer, 2011)
- Rough sleepers are three times as likely as the general public to have chronic chest and breathing problems
83% of those contacted needed support with either alcohol, drugs or mental health (Broadway, Street to Home 2010/11)
As well as rough sleepers there are other categories of people who constitute what are called “the hidden homeless”. These include:
- People living in bed-and-breakfast or other temporary boarded accommodation because they have no other option.
- People due for discharge from institutions: eg. prison, hospital, etc, and who have no accommodation to go to.
- People who are staying with freinds or family because they have no other option and where the housing is overcrowded.
- People who are staying with freinds or family because they have no other option and where the friends or family are dissatisfied with the arrangement.
- People who are squatting because they have no other option.
- The Passage assists people from all of these categories.
How many hidden homeless people are there?
Crisis estimated that around 400,000 people in Britain could be considered as being “the hidden homeless”.