Rough Sleeping Estimates Toolkit 2019

This toolkit sets out the process that local authorities, and their partners, use to arrive at their annual snapshot figure of people sleeping rough.

Local Authority leads should follow this guidance in order to have their rough sleeping snapshot figure verified by Homeless Link, ready for online submission to MHCLG by the 13 December 2019 deadline.

The toolkit includes:

  • Definition of rough sleeping for the purpose of rough sleeping estimates
  • How to choose between a count-based estimate, an evidence-based estimate meeting, and an evidence-based estimate meeting informed by a spotlight count
  • What demographic data to collect
  • How the Homeless Link verification process works
  • Timelines and step-by-step guidance
  • Information for volunteers and verifiers
  • Templates, forms and resources
  • Quick Guides for easy reference

Rough Sleeping Estimates Toolkit 2019 - Local Authorities

Information for local authorities, street count teams and volunteers. 

With thanks to East Staffordshire Borough Council for sharing their authorisation letter, and to Oxford City Council for sharing their data protection statement and agreement. Note that local authorities are advised to involve their data protection lead in preparation of local documents.


Rough Sleeping Estimates quick reference

Resources to help Coordinators communicate key messages to local stakeholders. Coordinators should also refer to the full Toolkit (see above) or listen to the webinars (see below).

'Intro for Street Count Volunteers' image by Pen Mendonca.


Rough Sleeping Estimates Toolkit 2019 - Homeless Link Verifiers

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Tasmin Maitland

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Tasmin leads our Innovation & Good Practice and Partnerships teams. Current team projects include: Communities of Practice, Ending Women's Homelessness Fund, Housing First Fund, London PLUS, Youth Homelessness, Housing First England, Reboot, Counts & Estimates, and our effective practice guidance and toolkits.

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