Within the Bournemouth area there is a significant number of homeless people, that continues to rise.
Between 2010 and 2015 there was an increase of 292% of homeless people in Bournemouth, these numbers were provided by the annual rough sleeper count figures. In 2016, an annual overnight count found 39 rough sleepers compared with 16 in 2013 and 31 in 2014.
This increase reflects the national increase of 102%. In the year 2016, there were approximately 536 rough sleepers in the South West of England.
Bournemouth receives a Central Government grant which is partly used to fund the delivery of homelessness services. These include initial advice and assistance for housing options which is located at the Town Hall, information on the Bournemouth Council website and advice services available from organisations including Shelter and Bournemouth Citizens Advice Bureau. There are also two short stay emergency hostels for families and single people, which include 44 bed spaces.
In addition to this there is also an area on the Bournemouth Council website where it is possible to find links to ways to help someone who is homeless, that you may be concerned for.