Mental health services – which have been faced significant cuts in recent years – are also essential to support many rough sleepers. In particular, there’s frequently a gap in provision for people with dual diagnosis of addiction and another mental health problem.
We’ve got a large system which deals with people at risk of not having a roof over their heads. Rough sleepers are those that system doesn’t deal with. And as some actually note, the majority are suffering from one or other or both of those problems. It being rather more difficult to keep such in accommodation than to find it for them.
To a useful approximation rough sleeping isn’t in fact about housing at all…..