Cambridge Homelessness


Homelessness is a very prominent issue within Cambridge. Between April 2016 and March 2017, there were 1,243 recorded instances of rough sleeping. Despite there being 655 empty properties in Cambridge, there has been a 145% increase in people sleeping rough.

Homelessness however is a national issue, not just a local one. People sleep rough for many reasons including unemployment, difficulties at home and mental health problems and the issue can cause further mental health problems, malnutrition, isolation or addiction, making getting out of homelessness even more difficult.

People living on the streets, or those who regularly participate in 'sofa surfing', a hidden form of homelessness, deserve to become productive national and local citizens, each with the potential to contribute to a sustainable and successful society.


Between April 2016 and March 2017, there were 1,243 recorded instances of rough sleeping in Cambridge.


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