Shocking figures show sharp rise in homelessness

11 October 2016

Rough sleeping is on the rise

Nobody should have to face a life on the streets, but new figures show there’s been a sharp rise in the number of rough sleepers across Kent.

The amount of people who are sleeping rough has almost doubled in the past year, and the number of young people (aged 25 and under) who are homeless has tripled since 2014.

Porchlight’s rough sleeper team monitors the number of people found on the streets. We’re aware of 379 people who slept on the streets between April and September, compared to 200 people for the same period in 2015. Our fear is that with so many homeless people hidden from view, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Porchlight CEO, Mike Barrett, said the homelessness crisis is only going to get worse. “Everyone deserves a safe and stable place to live but as rising rents and welfare reform push more and more people into the trauma of homelessness, the need for charities such as Porchlight has never been greater.”

How we help

Porchlight supports people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to. Some are homeless, others are struggling to cope with the pressure in their lives and need our support to keep on track.

We help people with housing, education and employment, and their health and wellbeing. Our aim is to provide young people and adults with the advice, guidance and skills to live independently in the future, to play an active role in their local community and fulfil their potential.