Just under 1 in 10 hard-sleeping people in London are young people

This morning, statistics were released showing the number of people seen sleeping poorly in London from January to March this year (2022).

The most important statistics are:

– 231 young people aged 16 – 25 were seen sleeping in London from January to March this year (2022).
– The number of young people who slept poorly in London has fallen by 25% compared to the same period last year – 309 young people were seen sleeping hard in London (January to March 2021).
– A total of 2,714 people of all ages were seen sleeping poorly in London, from January to March this year. This has decreased compared to the same period last year – 3,0002 people were seen in a bad sleep in London (January to March 2021).
– Almost 1 in 10 rough sleepers (9%) in London are young people aged 16 – 25, from January to March this year.

Alicia Walker, Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns at Centrepoint, said:

“It’s really encouraging to see the continued decline in rough sleeping from January to March this year compared to the same time last year. This result shows what can be done when charities and local authorities work together to tackle street homelessness.

“But one young person sleeping badly is one too many, and these data can only tell part of the story of young people’s homelessness in the capital. Calls to the Centrepoint Helpline reveal that thousands are hidden in sight, including thousands of young people surfing the couch, riding night buses or living with strangers – and last year more than 15,000 young people were left homeless in London.

“With rising living costs, we are concerned that the homeless of young people could follow suit if the government does not act now. Charities and local authorities can only do so much to tackle this – the Westminster government has to step up, but it has until further failed to do so.The government’s own deadline to end hard sleep in 2024 is fast approaching and ministers must go further to match that ambition with an investment and strategy to get more young people off the streets and into safe and stable housing. ”

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