Rough sleepers in London 2019, by gender

In 2018/19, 84 percent of people reported to be sleeping homeless in London were male and 16 percent female. Since 2010/11 there has been an increase in the amount of people reported to be sleeping rough in London, increasing from almost 4 thousand in 2010/11 to 8.1 thousand by 2016/17. While this figure fell to 7.48 thousand in 2017/18, this is clearly an unacceptable situation for one of the world’s richest cities.

Characteristics of homeless people in London
Of the rough sleepers seen in London in 2017/18, the most common age group were those aged between 36 and 45, which accounted for 30 percent of all rough sleepers. In terms of nationality, most rough sleepers were obviously from the United Kingdom at 3.86 thousand people, but there were also over 1.67 thousand from Central and Eastern European countries

Tragic implications of homelessness
In 2017, 112 homeless people in London lost their lives the highest number of homeless deaths per region in England and Wales. In terms of the homeless death rate, the worst region for was the North West of England, which had 16.4 deaths per million people in 2017. London had the second highest deaths per million population at 15.4. .

People reported to be sleeping rough in London (UK) in 2018/19, by gender*

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Release date

June 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019

Supplementary notes

*Rough sleepers were reported and verified by services who work directly with the street population in London. This includes: outreach teams, rough sleeper assessment and reconnection services, accommodation projects, including hostels, second-stage accommodation and supported housing projects, day centres and other specialist services.

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