In England last year, 112,330 households applied to their local authority for homelessness assistance, a 26% rise since 2009/10. 7,851 people were reported rough sleeping in London alone, a 16% rise compared to 2013 and that figure has more than doubled in over 6 years.
Since 2011, the Berkeley Foundation has invested over one million pounds in tackling homelessness. We have worked alongside five housing and homeless charities, funding a helpline, web resources, skills training, housing advisors and research projects. Over a thousand homeless people have been individually supported. Many thousands more have got access to expert advice and information helping them deal with housing problems.