Facts about homelessness

The most visible form of homelessness is people sleeping on the streets.

The number of homeless people sleeping rough is measured separately from statutory homelessness statistics through local authority street counts.

Street counts provide a useful snapshot of the number of people sleeping rough on a single night but are best regarded as indicators of trends, rather than exact numbers of homeless men and women who sleep rough. The annual estimate of the numbers sleeping out in England on any single night is published in September each year.

St Mungo's is deeply concerned about the worrying trend of rising rough sleeping numbers.

What's the broader picture?

Rough sleeping has risen nationally by 37 per cent since 2010. 

Our 2013 report No More: Homelessness through the eyes of recent rough sleepers looks at the events and experiences which lead people to sleep on the streets. It also looks at where people go for help before they start to sleep rough and identifies missed opportunities to help people to keep a roof over their heads.

You can find all of our publications and research here.

Read more about our work supporting homeless women in our Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign.

National figures are from the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) snapshot rough sleeping statistics published in February 2014.