The annual rough sleeping statistics, published today (24 February 2022), show that rates have fallen for a fourth year in a row with a 9% reduction in rough sleeping compared to last year. Numbers have fallen in every region of England, taking levels to an 8-year low overall.

The number of people in emergency accommodation has also nearly halved, with more people securing long-term homes.

Rough Sleeping and Housing Minister Eddie Hughes MP said:

“The government remains focused on ending rough sleeping by the end of this parliament and we’re making excellent progress towards this.

“Today’s figures are testament to that, showing our investment is helping more people have a roof over their heads and the best possible chance of turning their lives around.”

£800 million has been invested this year alone to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, with £2 billion committed over the next 3 years.

This includes providing 6,000 long-term homes through the £433 million Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme and up to £52 million for rehab and detox services for people with drug or alcohol issues.

The government has committed to publishing its Rough Sleeping strategy, to set out a plan for how it will continue its work to end rough sleeping by ensuring rough sleeping is prevented in the first instance, and responded to effectively in the rare cases where it occurs.

In Herefordshire, the number of people sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2021 was estimated to be twelve. This is higher than some surrounding areas of the West Midlands.

Local AuthorityAbbreviationApproachSingle night estimate
BirminghamBrmnEstimate including spotlight31
Cannock ChaseCnnCEstimate1-4
East StaffordshireEstStCount0
Herefordshire, County ofH,CoEstimate including spotlight12
Malvern HillsMlvHEstimate6
North WarwickshireNrtWEstimate including spotlight0
Nuneaton and BedworthNnaBEstimate including spotlight1-4
RugbyRgbyEstimate including spotlight1-4
SandwellSndwEstimate including spotlight1-4
ShropshireShrpEstimate including spotlight21
SolihullSlhlEstimate including spotlight1-4
South StaffordshireSthStEstimate including spotlight1-4
Staffordshire MoorlandsStfMEstimate including spotlight1-4
Stratford-on-AvonS–AEstimate including spotlight1-4
Telford and WrekinTlaWEstimate1-4
WalsallWlslEstimate including spotlight1-4
WarwickWrwcEstimate including spotlight6
WolverhamptonWlvrEstimate including spotlight5
Wyre ForestWyrFEstimate1-4

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