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Who is rough sleeping on the streets of London?

A recent report revealed a 34% increase in the number of people who experienced street homelessness for the very first time, in London*. That’s over 2,283 people spending their first night on the streets between October and December 2023.

Shockingly, those who were rough sleeping for the first time made up 52% of the total number of people experiencing street homelessness (4,389) during this period.

Overall, there has been a 23% increase in the total number of people rough sleeping in London, compared to 2022.

Who is rough sleeping in London?

Of the 4,389 people located, they were of the below demographics:

Gender: most of the people seen were men.

  • Male: 3,630 (84.9%)
  • Female: 641 (15%)
  • Non-binary: 7 (0.2%)
  • Gender unknown: 111

Age: most people seen were aged 36 – 45.

  • 18-25: 372 (8.5%)
  • 26-35: 1,237 (28.2%)
  • 36-45: 1,348 (30.7%)
  • 46-55: 904 (20.6%)
  • Over 55: 525 (12%)

Ethnicity: most people seen were White British.


Screenshot taken from 2023/24 Q3 CHAIN report.

The Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN), reports on the demographics of those who are found to be rough sleeping during their street counts, to give a greater insight into who this issue is affecting.

Where in London are homelessness rates at their highest?

Westminster has the highest number of people rough sleeping out of all Greater London boroughs, with 740 people bedded down in the area. For context, this is 45% more than the borough with the next highest number of people: Camden (330)

The area with the lowest number of people rough sleeping was Sutton (9).

Live in London? Find out how many people were rough sleeping in your area.

  • Barking & Dagenham: 46
  • Barnet: 54
  • Bexley: 19
  • Brent: 143
  • Bromley: 34
  • Camden: 330
  • City of London: 279
  • Croydon: 143
  • Ealing: 295
  • Enfield: 54
  • Greenwich: 135
  • Hackney: 81
  • Hammersmith & Fulham: 168
  • Haringey: 156
  • Harrow: 40
  • Havering: 16
  • Hillingdon: 104
  • Hounslow: 144
  • Islington: 146
  • Kensington & Chelsea: 81
  • Kingston upon Thames: 41
  • Lambeth: 242
  • Lewisham: 107
  • Merton: 20
  • Newham: 176
  • Redbridge: 99
  • Richmond: 33
  • Southwark: 218
  • Sutton: 9
  • Tower Hamlets: 147
  • Waltham Forest: 71
  • Wandsworth: 72
  • Westminster: 740

October – December 2023.

Outreach teams across London record this information. So, it is worth noting that this report does not include people from “hidden homeless” groups such as those “sofa surfing” or living in squats, unless they were also been seen bedded down on the streets.

We provide a wide range of support services to those who are experiencing and at risk of homelessness, including:


The Passage believe that we need to move away from seeing street homelessness as something that is managed, to instead something that is prevented. That is why we are running new and innovative schemes, like our No Night Out scheme, that intervenes before someone spends even one night out on the street.

Of the 101 people supported by No Night Out recently, 100 have sustained accommodation and are living securely in their new homes.

Immediate Welfare

Located just moments from Victoria Station we provide day-time support to those who are rough sleeping. Our Resource Centre opens from Monday – Friday, providing hot meals, showers, clothing, laundry facilities and appointments with our Resettlement Team – who help people to find a route to stable housing and employment opportunities.

Housing support and accommodation

We also run a Housing Solutions Service, helping those who make a homeless application to the local council, and four accommodation projects providing a mix of temporary and long-term housing.

Resource Centre B&w

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*CHAIN report, Q3: October – December 2023 compared to October – December 2022.

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