Key findings:

  • The number of single people who experience homelessness in England each year is around 200,000, with the average number of single people experiencing some form of homelessness on any one night estimated to be 77,000.
  • Around two-thirds of single homeless people have support needs that mean their immediate destination should be some form of housing with tailored support such as supported housing or a Housing First solution. The rest have no acute support needs and the primary barrier to ending their homelessness is housing.
  • 75,000 single people with low or no support needs experience homelessness each year while the average number of single people with low or no support needs who are homeless on any one night is 26,000.
  • Social lettings to single homeless people in England fell from 19,000 a year in 2007-08 to just 13,000 in 2015-16.
  • As the social rented sector shrinks, the private rented sector has doubled its share of households from 10 to 20% in less than 20 years – but homeless people face barriers trying to access private housing.
  • This drop is due to changes in policy on the allocation of social housing, alongside problems caused by the reducing affordability of social housing, restrictions on Housing Benefit entitlement, and housing providers’ response to these.

For a full copy of the report visit: https://www.crisis.org.uk/ending-homelessness/homelessness-knowledge-hub/housing-models-and-access/moving-on-improving-access-to-housing-for-single-homeless-people-in-england/

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