London’s Poverty Profile

Homelessness

Key findings

8,100

people were recorded as sleeping rough at least once on London's streets in 2016/2017. This is the same level as last year - but three times higher than a decade ago.

39%

of homeless families that the council has a duty to house became homeless as a result of the end of a private tenancy.

7 in 10

of England's households in temporary accommodation arranged by the local council are Londoners.

Overview

This set of indicators cover Londoners sleeping rough and homeless families that local councils have a duty to house. Both kinds of homelessness reflect the lack of affordable housing in London. The problem is bigger than the numbers here: ‘hidden homelessness’ such as squatting, sofa-surfing, and ‘beds in sheds’ is by its nature difficult to estimate.


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