Homelessness isn’t just rough sleeping and isn’t always visible. It may be that you don’t have the right to stay where you are or you are living in unsuitable housing.
Homelessness can happen to anyone and can happen for a number of reasons such as; domestic violence or abuse, substance abuse, mental health issues, a family breakdown resulting in you losing your place in your home, a natural disaster such as a fire or flooding and losing your job.*
People can often be forced into homelessness once they leave the army or prison and have no home to go to.
Whilst we are unable to provide a figure of how many people are homeless in the UK, due to many homeless people not showing up in official statistics, we do know that the numbers are growing each year. A study from Crisis has shown that there are at least 200,000 households in the UK who are experiencing homelessness on any given night.** This number has jumped during the Covid pandemic.
In 2018, an estimated 726 homeless people died in England and Wales. The average age of death for homeless people is 45 for men and 43 for women. The average age of death for the general population for men and women is 76 and 81 respectively.***
Homelessness is preventable in almost every case and in every case, we can end it.
We at Greater Change have already helped over 240 people out of homelessness permanently and are optimistic that we can increase this number year by year.