Persistent Rough Sleeping
Last year, we commissioned a piece of research in conjunction with our lead Partner Framework. Conducted by Graham Bowpitt from Nottingham Trent University, the research considers the reasons for persistent rough sleeping within Nottingham City.
Both the Summary Report and Full Report can be viewed by clicking the links below. 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.
On Thursday 3rd May, we will be hosting an event (10am - midday) to discuss the report in more detail, and explore possible solutions. Places are limitied and can be booked here.