The game-changing Bureau of Investigative Journalism project to count the number of homeless deaths has revealed that 796 people have died over the past 18 months.
The final shocking figure brings to an end the Bureau’s project, having already inspired the Office for National Statistics to release their own stats, with the Museum of Homelessness set to take over as custodians later this month.
Alongside the latest count, The Bureau have also teamed up with experts from University College London (UCL) to investigate 4,000 medical records of 600 people who died on the street between 2013 and 2016.
The study found that a homeless people are much more likely to die from preventable and treatable illnesses than even the most economically-deprived housed population.
Conditions like tuberculosis, pneumonia and gastric ulcers accounted for a third of the deaths out of the 600 they investigated.
Late Big Issue vendor Istvan Kakas is included in both studies. The former chef, who died aged 52 from leukaemia in October, was among a fifth of deaths explored by UCL that were cancer-related with homeless people more susceptible to dying from cancer younger than the rest of the population. Another fifth died from digestive diseases such as intestinal obstruction or pancreatitis.