According to the latest figures from BCHA, collected in the autumn of 2013 and published in February 2014, 2,414 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night. This was up 5% from 2012, so more sleeping rough people are on the streets in the past 3 years.
BCHA are a nonprofit organisation and has been helping people off the streets across the South of England for over 45 years. They help people by offering practical and emotional support, as well as providing people with a safe place to stay.
There are many factors and a number of reasons which could leave people finding themselves on the street. BCHA accept that and are there to help no matter the reason and background.
As well as being extremely scary, cold and dangerous, especially in the winter. Sleeping on the streets can be very dangerous and damaging to someone’s health. Did you know homeless people are:
- Three times more likely to go to hospital
- Three times more likely to be a victim of violence
- 47 times more likely to be a victim of theft
- Most shocking of all – the life expectancy of a homeless person will have been reduced from a healthy 77 years to just 47
These statistics are shocking and that’s why charities such as BCHA are here to help.
StreetLink another supporting charity, allows members of the public to alert the Local Authorities about people sleeping rough in their area. StreetLink then work with local providers, such as BCHA, to engage with people sleeping rough and help them off of the streets for the greater good.
If you are rough sleeping, or are concerned about someone who is, then get in touch with StreetLink by calling 0300 500 0914