Austerity bites for rising numbers of homeless

Austerity bites for rising numbers of homeless

Homelessness is once again on the rise, with statistics showing dramatic increases in homelessness and rough sleeping over the past two years. Despite key campaigns such as No Second Night Out, a ministerial working group on homelessness and targeted resources, the numbers continue to increase. 

Changes in welfare, housing, and homelessness policy – introduced, for example, in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and the Localism Act 2011 – combined with public sector funding cuts and the economic downturn are apparently placing increasing numbers of people at risk of homelessness. 

For more than a decade, we have worked with clients in the voluntary, statutory and charitable sectors to conduct homelessness research, focused mainly on the most marginalised single homeless people – those with complex needs, the 'hidden' homeless, squatters – many of whom do not appear in government statistics on homelessness.


Key staff

'The message that emerges from this work is as simple as it is stark: homeless people living in squats must not be ignored. I urge anyone interested in understanding and tackling homelessness to read this report.'

Shaks Ghosh, chief executive, Crisis

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