Nearly 600 homeless people died in England and Wales last year, an increase of 24% over 5 years, according to the Office Of National Statistics (ONS).
Deaths of homeless people have increased significantly since 2017. The life expectancy of people living on the streets is drastically lower than the general population at just 44 years old for men and 42 years old for women.
Long periods of rough sleeping can lead to substance and alcohol abuse and mental health problems, it can be an isolating and frightening experience with people sleeping rough being more likely to be victims of violent crime, verbal and physical violence, 1 in 4 women sleeping rough have been victims of sexual assault, according to statistics provided by Crisis.
Homeless people who have experienced verbal and physical abuse state that people have shouted abuse at them, deliberately hit or kicked them, have had things thrown at them, have been urinated on and in severe cases tents and makeshift shelters have been deliberately set alight resulting in serious injury and even death.
Homeless shelters try and cope with such large numbers but bed availability is significantly lower than the increasingly large numbers of people becoming homeless forcing people to sleep rough on the streets.
There are many reasons for people becoming homeless and we are all vulnerable to our ever changing personal circumstances but with the lack of affordable new housing and increasing prices in the private rental market, more and more people are finding themselves homeless.
These figures and statistics are for the Uk but the problem is global and becoming bigger year on year.