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End Street Homelessness in Leicester

Leicester is the latest city to join the European End Street Homelessness Campaign. The campaign seeks to identify people who are street homeless in the local community so that they can be helped off the streets.

Campaign reveals extent of street homelessness in Leicester

A comprehensive audit took place last week to identify people who are currently or have very recently been sleeping on the streets of Leicester.

Of all the people surveyed throughout the week, forty eight respondents answered ‘outdoors’ to the question ‘where do you sleep most frequently’ it has been revealed.

As part of The European End Street Homelessness campaign that has seen cities across Europe seeking to address the issue of rough sleeping, a Connections Week saw homeless professionals and volunteers visiting day centres and hostels to speak to people who had experienced rough sleeping in the last six months and completed a survey, which gave insight into their housing history. A total of 93 people completed survey, of these eighty three were male and ten were female.

In addition over 100 volunteers took to the city streets in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday 8th November to search for and speak to men and women who were sleeping rough and identified 31 people on the night.

‘The results of last week’s count and surveying exercise are just the starting point to us being able to eventually eradicate street homelessness in Leicester. Any number of people rough sleeping is too many but the numbers identified are numbers that we can work with and have a realistic chance of making a difference.’ said Action Homeless Chief Executive, Mark Grant

At the heart of the campaign is the idea that a community must come together to tackle homelessness. De Montfort University led the recruitment of over 100 volunteers.

‘The desire and commitment to help that our community has shown in the last week gives me every confidence that we can make a real change for those people we found on the streets’ Mark continued

A report based on findings has been produced by Jo Richardson, Professor of Housing and Social Research and Director of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research at De Montfort University Leicester. It found that forty percent of respondents replied that their homelessness had followed a traumatic episode or experience. It also concluded that homeless people in Leicester face multiple and complex health needs with the most severe cases involving physical health, mental health and substance use issues.

The results were announced at a Community Briefing event on Wednesday 15th November and work to support those found on the streets has already begun. Partner organisations are committed to working together to ensure that everyone identified gets the support that they need to leave the streets. This will contribute also to wider work already under way to tackle street lifestyle issues.

A range of partners are working together on the project including, World Habitat, Action Homeless, De Montfort University, DMU Local, East Midlands Housing Group, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police, The Y, Inclusion Healthcare. Leicester City Council are also a partner and the initiative is fully supported by the City Mayor.

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Help us to create a community focused on ending street homelessness.

If you’d like to get involved or hear more please get in touch via: eshleicester@actionhomeless.org.uk

Use the Streetlink app to report sightings of rough sleepers in the city. Information will be used on the night of the street count to ensure that as many rough sleepers are identified and supported as possible.

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Creating a community focused on ending street homelessness in Leicester