Persistent Rough Sleeping
We recently commissioned a piece of research in conjunction with our Lead Partner Framework Housing Association. Conducted by Graham Bowpitt from Nottingham Trent University, the research considers the reasons for persistent rough sleeping within Nottingham City.
The Summary Report can be viewed by opening the link below (a full report will be available in early 2018). The research considered in the report, suggests that persistent rough sleepers (people who sleep rough for at least 10% of the year) make up a significant proportion of Nottingham's street homeless population. Key statistics are pulled out below (64 men and 10 women were interviewed for the report):
13 were recorded as having a disability (18%)
67 have problems with substance use (91%)
49 were offenders or at risk of offending (66%)
37 have mental health problems (50%).
More detailed research was undertaken with 29 of the 64 respondents (all 29 are receiving help from Opportunity Nottingham).
11 (38%) had spent at least two weeks in prison
16 (55%) had experienced at least one eviction from accommodation
15 (52%) reported being excluded from a service because of unacceptable behaviour.
The report also identifies some very clear trends in relation to persistent rough sleeping, notably; financial issues, prison discharge, no local connections, personal relationships and disillusionment.