Rough sleeping risen by almost a quarter in London
Figures reveal that the number of first-time rough sleepers recorded between April to June rose by 23% compared to the same period last year.
The ‘CHAIN rough sleeping return’, recorded in Street to Home’s quarterly report, has found that outreach teams recorded 1,268 people in London sleeping rough for the first time between April and June 2014, compared to 1,030 during the same period in 2013, reports Inside Housing.
The report has been put together by homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway, who have said the total number of rough sleepers on London’s streets over this timeframe also saw a 23% increase.
The number of rough sleepers from central and Eastern Europe has increased steadily since the end of 2013; from 638 between October and December 2013 to 839 between April and June this year.
Of the rough sleepers recorded by outreach workers, 10% had all three problems of alcohol, drug and mental health issues.
Homelessness workers returned rough sleepers to their ‘home area’ 85 times between April and June this year, compared to 70 between January and March.
Of the 345 homeless people who departed temporary accommodation during this period, 24 (7%) were taken into custody.
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