A Common Sight these Days.
The number of people sleeping rough is at a five year high – so how big is Ipswich’s homelessness problem? Ipswich Star (end of November).
The number of people sleeping rough in Ipswich has hit its highest level for at least five years.
Latest figures show there were 16 people regularly living on the streets, compared to just five in 2013.
And 19 vulnerable people with housing issues are believed to have died in the town in just 16 months.
We were saddened but not surprised to learn that,
Many of these 19 deaths were down to mental health concerns, or drug and alcohol issues, Miss Raychaudri said, but changes to the benefits system have also pushed people in Ipswich into crisis.
Note this for those who have difficulties:
In a bid to curb the growing problem, more than 40 agencies came to together four years ago to form the Ipswich Locality Homelessness Partnership. The aim is to work side by side to rid the town of rough sleeping and to prevent vulnerable people from losing their homes.
At the heart of this partnership is the Chapman Centre, based in Black Horse Lane.
I suspect, since I see people in the streets every day, that the figures in Ipswich the 16 people regularly sleeping rough, are the tip of a homeless iceberg, with much much greater numbers in shelters, temporary accommodation, shifting from friend’s place to friend’s place,
London’s homelessness count continues to rise said the Guardian earlier this month.