Learn more about homelessness in London

7 facts about homelessness in London

– 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***

5 facts about Evolve’s fight to end homelessness in London

– 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.

Want to do something good? 

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




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