What the Mayor is doing to tackle rough sleeping

The Mayor is taking both immediate and long-term action to get rough sleepers the support they need.


Immediate support

  • Opening shelters throughout winter
  • Making extra emergency beds available when temperatures fall to zero
  • Doubling the number of his street outreach workers
  • Offering a No Second Night Out service to those sleeping rough for the first time
  • Launching mobile homelessness hubs in areas where there is a sudden rise in rough sleeping
  • Working with Veterans Aid to help over 300 veterans at risk of homelessness get off the streets
  • Funding a new service to support a shelter for LGBTQI+ people in crisis to help prevent them ending up on the streets
  • Helping reconnect rough sleepers to their local area elsewhere in the UK
  • Using social impact bonds to fund service providers to help long-term rough sleepers into accommodation


Longer term support

  • Investing over £1 billion to fund 11,000 new council homes for social rent over the next four years to help address the long-term causes of rough sleeping and the broader housing crisis
  • Working with London’s councils on the In for Good programme, to ensure that no one in a severe weather emergency shelter leaves without an offer away from the streets
  • Providing 3,700 low rent homes in London for former rough sleepers, supported by the Mayor’s Tenancy Sustainment Teams, to help people live independently
  • Calling on government to invest more in tackling the root causes of homelessness, such as welfare cuts and the lack of affordable housing


Read more about the Mayor’s Rough Sleeping services.