Since 1998 an annual figure for rough sleeping has been published. There were 12 rough sleepers found on a street count in York in 1998 and good progress has been made with only two found in 2009.
The total number of rough sleepers has fallen to 464 in 2009 based on local authority street counts compared to the 1998 baseline of 1,850.
This Department does not collect information on the number of open access beds for rough sleepers. Under our £90 million Hostels Capital Improvement Programme we have invested over £2 million on the new Arclight hostel for rough sleepers in York to replace the poor quality night shelter.