Housing and Homelessness

How Many, How Much? Single Homelessness and the Question of Numbers and Cost

  • Published 1st Sep 2003
  • Authors: Peter Kenway, , Guy Palmer,
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

This report aims to help improve understanding of ‘single homelessness’ in the United Kingdom today, particularly in the light of recent changes in both legislation and associated guidance. To fulfil this aim, the report looks into four specific questions:

  • First, in the light of recent changes in the homelessness legislation and guidance, in both England, Wales and Scotland, is ‘single homelessness’ any longer a very helpful or even meaningful term?
  • Second, how many single homeless people are there?The Labour government made reducing the number of ‘rough sleepers’ a high priority during its first term. Does success there mean that the problem of single homelessness is now but a small one?
  • Third, how much does single homelessness cost – and who bears that cost?
  • Fourth, what implications for policy – both for governments, national and local, and the voluntary sector – arise from the findings on numbers and costs?

About this report
This report was funded by Crisis and written by Peter Kenway and Guy Palmer. The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of theCrisis.