Starting in October 2017, the Bureau called on homelessness charities, organisations and local journalists (as well as The Big Issue), counting 796 people who died on the streets, in temporary accommodation or hostels in the last 18 months.
💥IMPORTANT. 💥Pls read thread and RT Tragically and all too often avoidably, people are dying whilst affected by homelessness.
— Museum of Homelessness (@our_MoH) April 1, 2019
The project had such a big impact that the Office for National Statistics did their own official count, marking an important milestone in affording vulnerable people who die in these tragic circumstances the dignity afforded to the rest of us.
There are currently around 2,000 Big Issue sellers working hard on the streets each week.
But even though the Bureau managed to achieve the change originally sought at the beginning of the project, it does not end here.
Now the Bureau is moving on to other investigations, the Museum of Homelessness is taking over as custodian of the project and will be carrying on the count.
MoH has already strived to preserve and share stories, art and culture of homelessness in the UK and do the same for the stories of people already counted.
To let MoH know of any homeless people who have died since October 2017, fill in the form here.