Homeless Link responds to new official statistics on deaths of people who are homeless
New data from the Office of National Statistics shows that there were an estimated 597 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales in 2017, a figure that has increased by 24% over the last five years.
Responding Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, said: “It’s unacceptable that so many people are dying in this country when they are homeless. To die when you are on the streets, or living in temporary, insecure, accommodation, is an indignity that no one should have to face – especially as no one in our society should be homeless in the first place.
“These tragic deaths must be taken seriously and stopped. Every time someone who is homeless dies there should be a thorough investigation into the cause of death, so we can learn how to prevent them in the future - Homeless Link have been calling for this for a long time, it’s shocking that it isn’t happening already.
“Homelessness is a key health inequality and one of the causes of premature death. But we know that homelessness is preventable. With thousands of people continuing to find themselves without a roof over their heads the Government must urgently look at solving the structural causes of homelessness by tackling poverty, the broken welfare system and building more genuinely affordable housing.”
Latest News from
The research behind the Autism & Homelessness Toolkit02/04/2019 15:42:00
Blog posted by: Dr Alasdair Churchard, Monday, 1 April 2019.
Grants will support the sector to end women’s homelessness28/03/2019 16:10:00
Today (Thursday 28 March, 2019) it was announced that Homeless Link has been awarded £2 million from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s “Tampon Tax Fund” to deliver an onward grants programme enabling increased investment in direct support to women who are, or are at risk of, homelessness across England.
Housing First in England - a look back at the last three years28/03/2019 13:20:00
Blog posted by: Jo Prestidge, Thursday, 28 March 2019.
Making the financial case for Housing First26/03/2019 14:20:00
Blog posted by: Jennifer Harris, Tuesday, 26 March 2019.
Spotlight on Digital Technology22/03/2019 14:05:00
The PLUS Project held a Spotlight on Digital Technology in the homelessness sector on the 20th March.
Homeless Link responds to Spring Statement15/03/2019 13:51:00
Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link recently (13 March 2019) responded to the Chancellor's Spring Statement.
Homeless Link responds to Channel 4 report on homeless deaths12/03/2019 13:48:00
The Bureau Investigative of Journalism yesterday released figures that revealed almost 800 people who are homeless have died over the last 18 months, which is an average of 11 every week.
Promising practice: Gender-informed approaches to supporting women who are homeless11/03/2019 13:20:00
Blog posted by: Lisa Raftery, Friday, 8 March 2019.