There has been a steady increase in the number of rough sleepers in London. The latest count for 2018/19 shows there were 8,885 people seen sleeping rough by outreach workers and these are the people willing to be found.
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A recent report by the homelessness charity Crisis estimates across Britain there are 9,100 rough sleepers; 68,300 households sofa surfing; 19,300 households in unsuitable temporary accommodation; 37,200 households living in hostels and 26,000 households in other circumstances such as sleeping in tents, on public transport, in cars, women's refuges, winter night shelters or squats.
The report warns that these overall numbers are estimated to increase by more than a quarter over the next 10 years and the number of households in unsuitable temporary accommodation is set to nearly double.
In the Borough of Ealing there were up to 8,000 people seeking Council accommodation in 2018. Over 2,000 are in temporary accommodation.