As mentioned previously, the stress and anxiety associated with struggles to meet high housing costs tend to accumulate over time, typically affecting men more than women.

In 2015/16, four in five rough sleepers (84%) identified by CHAIN data in Hackney were male and 16% were female.  In the City in 2014/15, again most rough sleepers were male (89%) and 11% were female. Across London, the average proportion was 15% female.

The sexual orientation of rough sleepers is not recorded on the CHAIN database, but research by the Albert Kennedy Trust has shown that many young people in particular will have become homeless as a consequence of their sexuality. 2

References

  1. The Albert Kennedy Trust, “LGBT youth homelessness: a UK national scoping of cause, prevalence, response, and outcome,” 2015.
  2. The Albert Kennedy Trust, “LGBT youth homelessness: a UK national scoping of cause, prevalence, response, and outcome,” 2015.