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Sleeping Rough

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to reduce levels of street homelessness. (158149)

In 1998 the Prime Minister set a target that by 2002 the number of rough sleepers should be reduced by at least two-thirds. The target was met ahead of time and is being sustained. In 1998 there were 1,850 rough sleepers on the streets of England on any single night. In 2007 there were just over 500.

In addition, our £90 million Hostels Capital Improvement Programme is helping make hostels places of change with 178 projects in 62 local authority areas. Hostels will provide better opportunities for people who have been homeless and prevent them from returning to the streets.