Crisis provides a profile of the single homeless population in Great Britain.
It draws on Freedom of Information requests to local authorities, a survey of 480 single homeless people across 17 local authorities, as well as detailed follow-up interviews.
Key findings from the survey results include:
- 48% of homeless people have faced drug dependency and 46% alcohol dependency at some point in their lives (pp. 11-12)
- People are more likely to have multiple support needs if they have experienced several homeless experiences (p. 28)
- The proportion of homeless people experiencing alcohol dependency increases steadily with age, while drug dependency is consistently high between the ages of 21 and 50 (p. 14)
- Where people become homeless when asked to leave accommodation by friends or family, this often follows a “lengthy period of difficulty revolving around their substance misuse” (p. 24)
- “Where positive support provision was reported it generally related to provision by the third sector and particularly those involved in addressing substance misuse issues” (p. 44)
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