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Homelessness has become a clearly visible issue on Britain’s streets in recent years and it remains a very real issue. Official figures showed that 4,266 people slept rough in England according to the official count in 2019, representing a nine per cent decrease on the year before. But that figure is still 141 per cent higher than when the counts began in 2010.
Despite efforts to protect rough sleepers during the Covid-19 pandemic, homelessness remains a real issue with the number of rough sleepers encountered in London up by a third between April and June, according to CHAIN figures counted by multiple outreach groups.
As well as other types of homelessness, the sight of someone living on the streets is commonplace but there are a number of ways where you can have a big impact on someone’s life for a small investment in time.
What do you say to a homeless person?
Homelessness puts an enormous strain on mental health with long hours of loneliness, isolation and sleep deprivation.