According to the latest figures, collected in the autumn of 2013 and published in February 2014, 2,414 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night. This was up 5% from 2012.
BCHA has been helping people off the streets across the South of England for over 45 years. We help people by offering practical and emotional support, as well as providing people with a safe place to stay.
We recognise that people can suddenly find themselves homeless for a number of reasons, these can include a relationship breakdown, debt problems or loss of job.
Other factors may also contribute, either as a cause, or a result of becoming homeless, such as mental or physical health problems, or substance misuse problems.
As well as being extremely scary, sleeping on the streets can be very dangerous and damaging to someone’s health. Homeless people are:
- Three times more likely to go to hospital
- Three times more likely to be a victim of violence
- 47 times more likely to be a victim of theft
- Most shocking of all – the life expectancy of a homeless person will have been reduced from a healthy 77 years to just 47
We know from experience that people can recover from homelessness, and if given the right support can move forward to live full and rewarding lives – playing an active part in their communities.
How do BCHA help?
Our services aim to support people off the streets, help people to build confidence and skills, and live healthy and fulfilling lives. We are committed to helping individuals towards long-term and sustainable accommodation.
All our staff are trained in delivering support using a psychologically informed approach – this means that the overall approach and day-to-day running of our services have been consciously designed to take in to account the psychological and emotional needs of our customers. For more information about this approach, click here.
How do I report a rough sleeper?
If you are rough sleeping, or are concerned about someone who is, then get in touch with StreetLink by calling 0300 500 0914 or by clicking here.
StreetLink allows members of the public to alert the Local Authorities about people sleeping rough in their area. StreetLink then work with local providers, such as BCHA, to engage with people sleeping rough and help them off of the streets for good.