The number of people living long-term on London’s streets has increased by 19 per cent in a year, new statistics show.
The Combined Homelessness and Information Network (Chain) figures show 491 people were deemed to be living on the capital’s streets between October and November last year. A person is deemed to be living on the streets if they have had a “high number of contacts over three weeks or more which suggests they are living on the streets”.
During this period, outreach teams also recorded 2,949 people sleeping rough in the capital for at least one night.
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Matt Downie, chief executive of Crisis described the figures as being “unacceptable and entirely preventable”.’
“What’s most concerning is the rise in people who are living on the streets – meaning they are bedding down on the streets night after night. Sadly, we know all too well that people who are living on the streets often face multiple challenges to ending their homelessness, including health needs such as mental health,” he said.
The Chain statistics revealed that homelessness disproportionately affected men, with more than half of rough sleepers in London suffering from mental health problems.