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Rough sleeping facts

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

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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.

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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.

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Hostels in Westminster are free at the point of access to people who are sleeping rough and willing to engage with local services.

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Many organisations across London provide free food to rough sleepers. Our services offer food alongside clothing, medical care, job searching and further support.

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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.

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By donating money to local services and registered charities, you can help provide the long term support people need to turn their lives around.