In 2016/17 Hope Housing helped around 250 people off the streets of Bradford.

In 2018, 320,000 people were recorded as homeless in Britain.  This is a rise of 13,000, or 4%, on 2017 figures and equivalent to 36 new people becoming homeless every day (Shelter 2018).

A total of 4,751 people were counted or estimated by local authorities to be sleeping rough in England on any one night in autumn 2017, representing a 15% increase from the 2016 figure of 4,134 (Homeless Link 2018)

In Bradford in 2015 the number of people rough sleeping had risen by 60% compared to the previous year (Department for Communities and Local Government 2017)


The average life expectancy of rough sleepers is 47 years compared to the national average of 77 years. (Crisis 2017). 


Figures, compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) shows there were at least 449 deaths in a 2017 – more than one per day.  However these are likely to be a substantial underestimate as no official organisation counts homeless deaths in Britain.  A previous investigation by the Guardian found that at least 230 deaths of homeless people were recorded by local authorities in the UK between 2013 and 2017; 69% of deaths were men, 21% were women and no gender was recorded for the remaining 10%. January was the deadliest month, in which at least 33 people died.


Rough sleeping is a dangerous and isolating experience. People sleeping rough are more likely to be victims of crime and almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence (compared to the general public). Women are particularly vulnerable, nearly 1 in 4 have been sexually assaulted whilst rough sleeping. Additionally, many people who rough sleep develop issues with drugs and alcohol (Crisis 2016).  


Rough sleepers are 9 times more likely to kill themselves than the general population and four times more likely to die from unnatural causes, such as accidents, assaults, murder, drug or alcohol poisoning. (Crisis, 2017)


Fuel poverty is a significant issue in the Bradford District. The latest figures available show that 14.1% of all households in the District were considered to be in fuel poverty in 2013, higher than the Yorkshire & Humber regional average of 10.6% and the national average of 10.4% (Bradford District Council 2015)

There are over 750,000 properties that lie empty in Britian, using just 1/3 of them would end homelessness for a generation. (Figure from Green Pastures UK)