Different types of homelessness

The Different Types of Homelessness

For World Homeless Day, we’d like to help raise awareness for the different types of homelessness that exist in our society, with some not being as obvious as others.

There are many different of situations in which a person can become homeless, from relationship problems, substance misuse, sexual or physical abuse to loss of jobs, finances and loved ones just to name a few. Especially with the pandemic, you can imagine how much it would’ve affected those who were at risk of becoming homeless and those who were already without a home. London’s rough sleeping reports show that every night for the past 3 months there have been 20 more people sleeping rough for the first time. As such, it’s important to educate ourselves of the different types of homelessness that exists in order to give the right help and support to the people around us.


1. Rough sleeping

This is the most visible form of homelessness but in fact the least prevalent. There are over 4677 people sleeping rough on the streets in one night across the UK and more than 500 rough sleepers admitted to hospital each month due to a range of health issues.

2. Statutory homelessness

When someone is officially classified as "homeless" by the authorities due to the lack of a secure form of accommodation. Temporary accommodation may be provided, but the individual or households are still at high risk of instability. Shelter UK has revealed that 82,310 households live in temporary accommodation. 

3. Hidden homeless

This includes people who are couch surfing, living in their cars, temporarily staying with friends and family or living in hostels, but are not officially classified as homeless as they have not yet reached out for help from authorities. This type of homelessness is often prevalent among young people.

We’d like to thank all of the amazing charities and organisations who continue to dedicate their time and efforts into helping improve the lives of people who are homeless and at risk of becoming homeless.