Rough sleeping - our analysis

Our analysis of numbers and trends around people who sleep rough in England.

How many people sleep rough each night?

According to the latest Government figures, collected in the autumn of 2020 and published in February 2021, 2688 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night. Further information on the data collection methodology can be found here.

Is rough sleeping on the rise?

There was a decrease of 37% between 2019 and 2020. However, since 2010 the rough sleeping figure has increased by 52%.

Which areas saw the biggest changes?

In 2020, North East reported an increase in rough sleeping, while eight regions reported a decrease, with the South East experiencing the largest change of -47%.

2020 Rough Sleeping Snapshot Statistics

An analysis of the 2020 rough sleeping snapshot estimates

Please note that the 2020 rough sleeping snapshot estimates were completed during a global pandemic. Therefore, this will need to be considered when comparing the data to previous years and consequently when comparing future years to this data. Specific guidance, including any COVID-19 adjustments, was provided to all local authorities.


Analysis of rough sleeping statistics for England 2019

On 27 February 2020, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government released the 2019 figures for rough sleeping across England. These provide a snapshot of the number of people who slept rough on a single 'typical' night. Our analysis provides a regional breakdown and identifies the areas which have seen the largest changes compared with previous years.


Rough sleeping statistics analysis 2014 - 2018

Rough sleeping in London: analysis of CHAIN data

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Molly Zakra


Molly Zakra is a Researcher at Homeless Link

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