Latest CHAIN figures show further rise in rough sleeping in London
CHAIN stats for Oct – Dec 2018 rise 25% on same quarter in 2017
The latest statistics released by the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) for the period 1 October – 31 December 2018 has shown another rise in the number of people sleeping rough in London, rising 6% on the previous quarter and 25% on the same period in 2017.
The figures also show a very concerning rise in new rough sleepers, with the number of people new to streets 38% higher than the same period last year.
Catherine Parsons, Director of Operations at Thames Reach, said: “This worrying statistic demonstrates a need for more preventative services to ensure less people end up finding themselves on the streets.”
The data also shows that 83% of new rough sleepers were helped off the streets after just one night, highlighting the good work being done by GLA commissioned services, as well as the impact of additional resources recently allocated to support this service.
People from Central and Eastern Europe now represent 32% of all rough sleepers in London.
“As we have said before, there are growing concerns for this group as many have very limited support options available to them,” said Catherine.
“We want to work with central government to identify new options for EU rough sleepers and to do more to prevent people ending up on the streets in the first place.”