Rough Sleeping Estimates Toolkit 2020

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

**We are in the process of updating this page and resources for 2021**

Please also join our webinars and Q&A sessions during September:

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 11 December 2020 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 2020 - 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 2020 webinar slides

Slides from 3 webinars explaining the process. See below for links to webinar recordings.


DELTA guidance 2020

Information from MHCLG for Local Authority leads on how to set up and use a DELTA account to submit your rough sleeping statistics.


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).



Rough Sleeping Estimates Toolkit 2020- Homeless Link Verifiers

Forms and resources for Homeless Link Verifiers of rough sleeping estimates.