What does it mean to be homeless in Wales today?
Mention the word ‘homeless’ and many people think of rough sleeping. The reality is that rough sleeping is only a part of the picture.
Every year in Wales more than 15,000 people become homeless, including 2,800 children. Of all those people, a few hundred will be living on the streets.
The rest will be ‘hidden’ homeless – sleeping on friends’ sofas; living in temporary accommodation provided by the council; or else living in homes that are in very poor condition, or unsuitable for their needs.
A further 10,000 people a year come within days of losing their home and are only able to avoid homelessness thanks to the hard work of council homelessness services and other agencies such as Shelter Cymru.