Learn more about homelessness in London

Facts and figures about homelessness in London are always changing. But, we have pulled together some of the key things you should know:

– According Combined Homelessness and Information Network research, the number of people sleeping rough in London between January and March 2024 was 37% higher than it was in the same period the year before.

– In August 2023 London Councils estimated that one in 50 people in Londoners are homeless.

– Cases of of homelessness in London rose by 54% between 2013 and 2023.

– Figures from the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2023 showed that almost eight times more people lived in temporary accommodation in London compared to the wider country.

– The number of households living in temporary accommodation in the UK has reached its highest level since 2005, with more than 100,000 households affected across England. Almost 60% of these households are in London, including 75,580 children.

– In the first three months of 2024, 56% of people rough sleeping in London were originally from outside of the UK.

– In addition to official counts, many more people are ‘hidden homeless’. They may be sofa surfing, living in squats or unsecured accommodation, and don’t show up in official statistics. A 2017 London Assembly report estimated that the number of hidden homeless people could be up to 13 times higher than official figures.


Some facts about our work to end homelessness in London:

  • Last year, 84% of people in our services who wanted to return to work or training succeeded in doing so.
  • We operate across five London boroughs including Croydon, where we are the largest provider of supported housing.
  • We worked with over 140 people to find new settled accommodation after leaving Evolve between April 2021 and March 2022.

You can read more about us, and our work, here.

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