– 253,000 people in England are homeless and living in temporary accommodation during the pandemic – the highest figure for 14 years*
– More than two-thirds (68%) of all homeless people living in temporary accommodation are in London – this equates to 1 every 52 people in the capital*
– According to the latest Government figures, collected in the autumn of 2019 and published in February 2020, 4,266 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on a single ‘typical’ night**
– Since 2010 the rough sleeping figure has increased by 141%**
– In addition to the counts of rough sleepers and the number of homelessness applications, it is thought that 62% of single homeless people are actually ‘hidden homeless’. This means they may be sofa surfing, living in squats or unsecured accommodation and they don’t show up in the Government statistics. ***
– The most common reason for homelessness is due to relationship breakdown.***
– People who are experiencing homelessness continue to face difficulties in accessing mental health services***
– 79% of people on our Health + Wellbeing programme throughout 2019/2020 have reported better mental health
– Evolve runs a peer support project which works across London helping severely disadvantaged people to overcome multiple barriers to access training, volunteering and employment opportunities.
– We support young people up to 16 years of age through mentoring in London to ensure young adults have the best chances of avoiding possible future homelessness.
– 91% of people we’ve helped at The Fitze Millennium Centre moved on to independence.
– 91% of people on our Health + Wellbeing programme throughout 2019/2020 have reported better managing their physical health.
If you would like to help the homeless in London- whether through volunteering, giving donations or gifts in kind, we would love your support.
If you are considering working for a homelessness charity like Evolve, please see our vacancies page.
If you would like to volunteer at one of our hostels in London, please see our volunteering opportunities page.
*According to data from Shelter
** According to data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, 2019
*** According to Homeless Link