In the UK, more than 320,000 people (equivalent to the population of Newcastle) are now sleeping rough. That’s a 134% increase since 2010 (Shelter, 2018).
According to the Welsh Government there is an estimated 347 rough sleepers in Wales – 33 in Swansea for 2018-19. This does not include the number of people in hostels, temporary accommodation, B&Bs, sofa surfing – all of whom are also ‘homeless’.
Swansea is one of the top 10 areas of drug related deaths in the whole of the UK (South Wales Police, 2019).