England

Centrepoint – Street FA

The Street Football Association is England’s national street football body, running programmes open to all professional clubs in England that use football as a means of improving the lives of socially excluded people.

Organisation Details

Participants

Adult men and women who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion

Locations

Across England

Homelessness Statistics

75%
Rise in homelessness among vulnerable groups since 2010 (Shelter, 2019)

59,110

Number of homeless people considered homeless in 2017 (Shelter, 2019)

4,000 +

Number of people sleeping rough on any given night (Shelter, 2019)

The effects of the 2008 recession are still felt, and there is a lack of affordable housing, particularly in the South East. Immigrants are particularly vulnerable to homelessness because of their lack of networks, language skills, and knowledge of the benefit system (Guardian, 2014).

The lack of affordable housing in England is due in part to construction not keeping pace with demand since the 1980s, especially in London. Another major reason for homelessness in England is landlords or letting agencies ending shorthold tenancies (EOH, 2018; Big Issue, 2018).