A new report from Crisis has revealed severe levels of core homelessness across Great Britain and warned of the impact of doing nothing. Its report – launched in the homeless charity’s 50th anniversary year – says that just under a quarter of a million people in Britain are experiencing the worst forms of homelessness. The research – undertaken by Heriot-Watt University – anticipates that rough sleeping will rise by 76% in the next decade unless action is taken. The research provides the most complete picture to-date and shows that almost all forms of ‘core’ homelessness have increased over the past five years. This includes rough sleeping, sofa surfing, squatting, living in hostels or other forms of temporary accommodation. The report fills a gap in evidence, with many forms of homelessness falling outside of official figures. The report includes a series of ‘what if’ scenarios, modeling the impact of different policies. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Clare Goff
Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine