Every year the Government asks local authorities to conduct a rough sleeper count across their respective boroughs.
The aim of the count is to establish a snapshot of the number of people actively living on the streets in England and to encourage them to come in from the cold.
Each year, KiP and Maninplace join together with Telford & Wrekin Council to help with the count in our borough, and in the Autumn of 2018 we worked late into the evening to reach as many people as possible known to be living on our streets.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government released their national rough sleeper report at the end of January 2019. The report gives a details breakdown of the count across all boroughs and provides a comparison against previous years, showing increases and decreases in those living on our streets.
Maninplace welcomes the report as it highlights the growing problem of rough living in our country, but it is important to note that the report does not reference the vast number of people who are homeless but not rough sleeping, such as sofa surfers, people sleeping on floors or living in overcrowded homes belonging to a friend or family members.
Our key objective when working with our customers is to bring them in form street living and provide accommodation. Only then do we being to unpack the many challenges and impacts homelessness has had on their lives, seeking to change a chaotic lifestyle and reduce the risk of returning to the streets.