02 Nov 2022
The latest Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) report, published on 30 October 2022, has shown a worrying increase in the numbers of people in London sleeping rough, particularly people sleeping rough for the first time.
The CHAIN reports are published quarterly and record information about people seen rough sleeping by outreach teams in London. Information is derived from the 'Combined Homelessness and Information Network' (CHAIN), a database commissioned and funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and managed by Homeless Link.
In the period July-September 2022 outreach teams recorded:
These latest figures are extremely concerning. Without significant and urgent government action to support people on the lowest incomes the number of people sleeping rough, in London and across the country, will continue to increase as we move into winter and the cost of living crisis escalates. Homelessness services work hard to support people living through the trauma of sleeping rough - providing emergency beds, outreach services, drop-ins and practical help. But they will quickly be overwhelmed if this situation continues to escalate at this pace. Over recent years the government has made considerable investment in homelessness services, but it is now essential that they step in to support people from becoming homeless in the first place this winter. We are therefore calling on government to:
Without the above measures, we will see a huge rise in homelessness that will eradicate the progress made to date (including the step change through the Everyone In programme) and undermine the funding allocated in the new Rough Sleeping Strategy.