Homelessness can happen to anyone. 2744 people are estimated to sleep rough somewhere in the UK on any one night, and 60,940 households were living in temporary accommodation in 2015. A further 500,000 are “hidden homeless” – living in temporary circumstances, sofa surfing or living in overcrowded or unsafe houses.
It can be easy to think that homelessness is something that happens to other people but in truth, a lot of people are only a lost job, a tenancy ending or a relationship ending away from circumstances which lead quickly to sleeping on the street, even temporarily. It could happen to anyone. It could happen to you or me.
The average age of death for someone who is homeless is 47, and homeless people are 13% more likely to be a victim of violence.
Tonight, 1000 people are raising money and awareness by joining The Big Sleep Out. It can be life-changing, both from the experience, and also the money that is raised. Armed with just a box, a sleeping bag and little else, they are drawing attention to the situation that so many people face on a daily basis.
Each of the participants is raising money – you can find out more details from the We are Trinity twitter feed or their website – but also awareness, so if you could share this post using the hashtag #itcouldbeme, that would be awesome!