New street homelessness data from CHAIN for January - March 2023 shows a decrease in the number of people experiencing street homelessness in London since the last quarter, however, the number is higher than for the same period last year.
There were 3,107 people sleeping rough in London. This represents a 13% decrease compared to the last period (October-December 2022), but a 14% increase compared to the total number recorded between January and March of 2022.
1,490 people were seen sleeping out for the first time, a 12% decrease vs the previous quarter. People newly experiencing rough sleeping account for 48% of all people experiencing street homelessness. People intermittently sleeping rough account for 41%, while those ‘living on the streets’ account for 12%. These proportions are consistent with the previous quarter.
Of those who were new to street homelessness, 76% had no second night out. 22% went on to spend more than one night out, while 2% went on to live on the streets.
The Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) is a multi-agency database recording information about people sleeping rough and the wider street population in London.
It is much more comprehensive than the Government’s annual snapshot count of the number of people sleeping rough on a single night in England. View the full data.
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