No One Left Out: Communities Ending Rough Sleeping

No one should have to sleep rough in twenty-first century Britain. Our vision is to bring an end to rough sleeping once and for all. Ten years ago we launched our first rough sleeping strategy, setting out our plan to reduce numbers on the streets by two thirds and then to as close to zero as possible. That two-thirds reduction was achieved by 2002 and has been sustained since. This new strategy signals our intent to work with our partners to end rough sleeping by 2012. This success has been driven by focused action and new ways of working across the country, backed by substantial investment through local government and the third sector. Thousands of people have been helped off the streets including many who had been sleeping rough for a number of years. Through programmes such as Supporting People we have prevented thousands more vulnerable people slipping into homelessness in the first place.

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