Homeless Person Facts:
- At least 7,581 people are believed to have slept rough in London in 2014/15, a 16 per cent rise on the previous year.
- 36% are disabled in some way
- 71% are male
- The average life expectancy is a shockingly young 47 years old.
- 78% have a physical health problem
- 44% have a diagnosed mental health condition (many are undiagnosed)
- On any given night in 2014, 2,744 people were sleeping rough in England.
- Only 27% have an alcohol problem,
Data from Homeless.org.uk
OK but what do I actually do:
1) Contact StreetLink & make a referral
Ensure you give them as much info as possible:
- Giving exact locations, including coordinates etc
- Times you’ve seen them at this location. Times you’ve seen them NOT at this location.
- Remember the person must be someone actually sleeping rough (i.e. overnight)
- Their services are between 10pm-7am
2) Hand out this leaflet (or similar)
3) Help them in any other ways
There is no right or wrong thing to do here however in line with money-saving we have given vouchers for free food / drinks etc and have encouraged many to use O2 moments £1 lunches to give food.