What is Homelessness

People become homeless due to poverty, unemployment, mental health issues and the lack of affordable housing. Frequently, it’s people who have left prison, care, abusive relationships or the forces.

How common is Homelessness

Reporting Homelessness

Citizens advice recommend the following steps.
1. Find somewhere safe to stay (relative, friends, refuge emergency
or rented accommodation)
2. It recommends that women in Wales looking for a refuge ring Live Fear Free on 0808 8010 800, for England they should ring the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
3. For men requiring a refuge in England they should ring Mens Advice Line on
0808 8010327, for men in Wales it’s the same number as above 0808 8010 800.

The MET police state that you should use the emergency number
999 if your life is in danger, otherwise call 101.
Otherwise, if you need help or advice use our signposting database to
locate the support you require.


If you are homeless Homeless.org.uk state that the first thing to do is contact your local council, as the council has a duty to find a home for the homeless within 56 days.

The housing charity Shelter can be contacted on 0808 800 444 to provide advice.

Homelessness in regards to race

There are no statistics that specifically highlight the numbers of
domestic abuse associated with the BAME communities.
Due to the disproportionate incarceration of black men and women
in the UK, there is little faith in the police, which means that people
of colour are less likely report their abuse.
There is also, in many communities also a language barrier to
reporting domestic abuse.

It was reported in england.shelter.org.uk that black people are more likely to experience homelessness than other ethnic groups, with 1 in every 23 black households becoming homeless as opposed to 1 in every 83 households from those who are not black. In fact, black people make up 3% of the population, but 11% of homeless people. If you put together all B.A.M.E. people they account for 24% of all homeless applications, yet only 11% of households in England.