Almost 3000 people were counted sleeping rough on one night last year. The causes of homelessness are broad and with the wrong circumstances any of us could find ourselves without a safe place to live.
If you find yourself homeless in Liverpool you will need to have an assessment. There are lots of assessment points across the city and Liverpool YMCA have one at our Leeds Street Hostel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To be legally defined as homeless you must not have a place to stay or not reasonably be able to stay in your current accommodation. However being defined as homeless does not always mean that the local authority will have a duty to house you. There are strict criteria you have to meet and even then the accommodation is likely to initially be temporary.
The most important thing is for you to be assessed so support can be provided to get you housed.
Facts about Homelessness (Provided by Homeless Link)
We know from one study on the experiences of homeless people with complex problems, that there is a:
- 77% chance that someone could sleep rough
- 53% chance that someone could be involved in street drinking
- 32% chance that someone could beg
- 10% chance that someone could be involved in prostitution.
A recent piece of research by Homeless Link looking at the health of homeless people found that:
- 80% reported some form of mental health issue, diagnosed or undiagnosed
- 45% had been diagnosed with a mental health issue, compared to 25% of the general population.
- 73% reported physical health
- Almost 1/2 used drugs and/or alcohol to cope with mental health issues.
- 39% said they take drugs or are recovering from a drug problem.
- 27% have or are recovering from an alcohol problem.
Find out more by visiting homelesslink.org.