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Homeless and Inclusion Health Winter Resources

The following page contains guidance and resources for those working in health, housing and social care services this winter. If you would like to feature a resource or provide a correction to the content below, please contact the London Homeless Health Team at rf-tr.hlp-homelesshealth@nhs.net 

Last updated: 13 January 2023

Already this winter, we have seen a significant rise in street homelessness. There has been a 24% increase in rough sleeping in the Capital overall (CHAIN report) with a 35% rise in those new to the streets compared with the same period last year. With the impact and pressure of the cost-of-living crisis, this is expected to increase further. Due to this and the restricted supply of temporary accommodation available, local authority housing teams are under unprecedented pressure to find suitable accommodation for those that need it. This pressure has also been felt within the health service, with fewer resources available to treat a larger number of inpatients across London. With this in mind, it’s important to recognise the strains on both sides of the system and to be cooperative in finding solutions together.

To aid with the decision-making process, please find some steps that can be taken to help meet the accommodation needs of people.

If you would like to feature a resource or provide a correction to the content below, please contact the London Homeless Health Team at rf-tr.hlp-homelesshealth@nhs.net

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