With official homelessness figures increasing by 23 per cent at the end of 2010 compared to 2009 and 1,768 people sleeping rough we need to better understand people's experiences of both homelessness and rough sleeping. This Round-up highlights the prevalence of mental health issues, traumatic childhood experiences and suicide attempts amongst people accessing low-level homelessness support services.
It brings together evidence from a two-year programme of work on 'multiple exclusion' homelessness (MEH) in partnership with Homeless Link, Economic and Social Research Council, Tenant Services Authority and the Department for Communities and Local Government. The programme included:
- a statistically robust account of MEH in seven UK cities;
- evidence from the life histories and personal accounts of people with first-hand experience of MEH; and
- reflections from front-line workers, managers and commissioners.
An event took place in London on the 12th September 2011 to launch this partnership research.