Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019-24
Between 2013 and 2018 homelessness and rough sleeping increased significantly both in Bristol, and nationally.

This is reflected in the number of people identified sleeping rough, the number of households in temporary accommodation and the number of households to whom the authority accepted a homelessness duty (the duty owed by the local authority to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness). 

The draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019–24 outlines some of the challenges that contributed to this including high housing costs, a lack of social housing and benefit changes.

A key objective in our previous 2013–18 Preventing Homelessness Strategy was to improve partnership working; coordinating activity and focusing combined energies on preventing homelessness and improving services for homeless people.

Despite homelessness and rough sleeping providing an ongoing challenge for the city, a number of successful interventions were made between 2013–18 (see current position on next page).

We believe that levels of homelessness within Bristol would have been much greater without these interventions which are listed in the draft strategy document.