Statistics on the reasons for homelessness being developed


The Office for National Statistics and the Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI) have launched an online consultation to find out how to bolster their homelessness data.

The national stats body the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has indicated it wants to move beyond counting homelessness to understand more about the reasons why people end up on the streets.

Homelessness statistics remains a difficult set of data to harvest effectively, with little intelligence on how to prevent or tackle the issue coming from annual returns. The two organisations have joined together to launch a consultation that sets out to identify new national measures which look for the root causes of homelessness.

The results will be used to create figures for the number of people at risk as well as asking those with lived experience of the homelessness sector to identify issues that are known to contribute to it.

The Centre for Homelessness Impact champions the creation and use of better evidence to improve the lives of those experiencing homelessness by ensuring that policy, practice and funding decisions are underpinned by reliable evidence. It was founded by Crisis and the Homeless Network and is now independent.

In a very busy first year, the Centre has also completed its options appraisal on a new monitoring system for street homelessness in Scotland. Read that here: