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Homelessness and rough sleeping

The term ‘homelessness’ is often considered to apply only to people ‘sleeping rough’. However, statistics on homelessness relate to the statutorily homeless. Such households are rarely homeless in the literal sense of being without a roof over their heads, but are more likely to be threatened with the loss of, or are unable to continue with, their current accommodation.

Rough sleepers are defined as:

  • people sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air (such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or encampments), or
  • people in buildings or other places not designed for habitation (such as stairwells, barns, sheds, car parks, cars, derelict boats, stations, or ‘bashes’).

Poor housing or homelessness can contribute to mental health problems or can make existing problems harder to manage. Homeless people, including rough sleepers, experience poor health and wellbeing outcomes, some of them linked to homelessness itself and others to underlying problems, such as substance misuse or mental health problems that are often contributory factors in homelessness.

Find out more

We all have times when life’s problems affect our mental health. Maybe you are feeling down and need a safe space to chat, or you would like to meet new people or try something different? This website lists over 100 groups in and around Camden, many offering free or low-cost activities. While some will help with a specific problem, others offer everyday activities to encourage us all to get out and about. Why not find what appeals to you. You can make a list of the groups that are of interest with ‘My Shortlist’.  
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