But it is just the tip of the iceberg with more than 300,000 people hidden away in hostels, temporary shelters or unsuitable and overcrowded accommodation.
The aforementioned figures do not include those sofa-surfing who are not registered by local authorities as being in need of housing assistance. So here are the facts and stats you need to know:
236,000 – Core homeless population in 2016 [Homelessness Projections: Core Homelessness in Britain 2017, Crisis] Includes people rough sleeping, sofa surfing, squatting, living in hostels and unsuitable forms of temporary accommodation, people forced to sleep in cars, tents and night shelters.
65% – Proportion of young homeless people who are studying, employed or on a work placement scheme [Homeless Link, 2016]