The number of rough sleepers may be rising, but the people you pass in doorways and train stations are only a glimpse into the true scale of homelessness today.
New research from Crisis has revealed that 26,000 people across England are left homeless on any given night.
The study highlights how deep and wide the country’s housing crisis goes, stretching far beyond the most visible form of destitution.
The researchers found most people who are now homeless have very few support needs – whether mental health or addiction issues – but simply cannot find an affordable home.
Some of them are excluded from council housing registers because of past rent arrears and other debts. Others find themselves stuck in temporary shelter for months since the cost of trying to rent privately is now unmanageable.
We know that homelessness is not inevitable
“As the supply of social housing in England has shrunk, and fewer new tenants get access to social rented housing, the effect on single homeless people has been devastating,” said Crisis’ chief executive Jon Sparkes.