Welcome to the rough sleeping portal.The portal was set up in 2009 as an online gateway to information and good practice resources to end rough sleeping, for a local authority or a frontline service. It is not currently updated.

The government’s first rough sleeping strategy ‘Coming in from the Cold’ succeeded in reducing rough sleeping by two thirds between 1998 and 2002.

Ten years later, the then Labour government committed to reducing rough sleeping to as close to zero as possible by 2012. The strategy ‘No-one Left Out: communities ending rough sleeping’ was launched in November 2008.

In July 2011, the coalition government published Vision to End Rough Sleeping: No Second Night Out nationwide.

"“In a civilized society it is totally unacceptable. [We must ] end the uncertainty, indignity and suffering of rough sleeping."
HM Government

Ending rough sleeping will require government, commissioners and services to work together to stem the flow of new rough sleepers, and to provide the right help in the right place at the right time. By understanding the problem in your area and ensuring the right range of support, you can achieve real and sustainable year-on-year reductions in rough sleepers.

Using the rough sleeping portal

The portal structure has been designed to complement  Preventing Homelessness: A strategy health check . The health check is a self assessment toolkit for local authorities to evaluate their approach to ending rough sleeping. This portal provides access to further information and resources which can support the review and change processes. 

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