What you can do to help homeless people in London
With homelessness on the rise (latest government statistics show a 15% increase in the last year alone, rising to 18% in London*), it is more and more likely that you will pass someone or several people, perhaps quite regularly, sleeping rough in your area.
Most people don’t know what to do to help a homeless person.
We believe that the best way to make a lasting change to the individual people that you see, is to donate to a charity like Evolve who can get them the support they need to break the cycle of homelessness.
In the short term, Streetlink helps members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with local servies that can help them support them. You can go on their website and send them an alert about the individual and they will help.
If the person needs urgent medical attention or you believe they are under 18 years of age please call 999.
If it’s safe and you feel comfortable to do so, take a moment to acknowledge them and say a simple ‘hello’.
*Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Rough Sleeping Statistics Autumn 2017, 16 February 2018