Things to know about rough sleeping Rough sleeping is a complicated problem to solve. That’s why we work around the clock with our charity partners to offer accommodation and support services that help people to rebuild their lives. Rough sleeping: the facts Being homeless means to have nowhere permanent and safe to call a home. Rough sleeping is a type of homelessness where someone finds themselves sleeping on the street. People who sleep rough are more likely to face physical and emotional abuse. Long-term exposure to the elements can lead to severe medical conditions. Hostels in Westminster are free at the point of access to people who are sleeping rough and willing to engage with local services. Many organisations across London provide free food to rough sleepers. Our services offer food alongside clothing, medical care, job searching and further support. The hard truth is giving money to people begging can prevent them from engaging with support and may end up keeping them on the streets for longer. By donating money to local services and registered charities, you can help provide the long term support people need to turn their lives around.