Homeless-Friendly encourages organisations to lead the way in creating a cultural shift in how we view those without a permanent home and remind them they are a pivotal part of our society. Organised by not-for-profit social enterprise Beacon GP CARE, it asks that we examine the way we conduct our business and pledge to become Homeless-Friendly. NHS surgeries and other healthcare providers are amongst the first to make that commitment but any public, voluntary or private organisation can join in.  We offer advice on how to become Homeless-Friendly, encourage our pledgers to share good practice and work with our partners to offer practical support to the homeless and tackle the roots of the problem.

  • The average life expectancy of a homeless person is just 47 years-of-age
  • 73% of homeless people said they had experienced recent physical health problems
  • Over half of homeless people lack the literacy skills needed for everyday life
  • Homeless people are nine times more likely to commit suicide than other groups in society
  • 41% of homeless people are dealing with a long-term health problem
  • 80% of rough sleepers reported some form of mental health issue
  • 15% of newly sentenced prisoners were homeless immediately before going into custody
  • 35% of homeless people had been to Accident & Emergency recently and 26% had been admitted to hospital over the past six months