More media coverage has come out publicising my #SomewhereInSummer Campaign.
Worcester News reporter James Connell wrote an article which echoes my question ‘why don’t we do a summer rough sleep count?’. Homelessness is ever-changing and this isn’t reflected in compulsory Autumn counts the Local Authority has to do.
Official statistics show that homelessness is rising in the country, and Worcester:
“The Rough Sleeping Statistics for Autumn 2015, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, recorded that rough sleeping was up, rising in England from 2,744 cases in 2014 to 3,569 in 2015.
Estimates therefore suggest that around 825 more people were rough sleeping in 2015 than 2014 in England, a rise of 30 per cent.
In Worcester there were 27 rough sleepers identified in 2015 (up from 22 the previous year)”
A good friend and key supporter of #HugosEarthquake, CEO of St Paul’s Hostel Jonathan Sutton, confirmed to myself and the newspaper that he would fully support the idea. Worcester City Council have also publicly declared they would be willing to assist anyone planning another count.
I would like to call on supporters of this idea to sign the following official petition launched by this Campaign: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/SomewhereInSummer.
Thank you for supporting #SomewhereInSummer! We are changing lives every day, together.