Worldwide, millions of people are sleeping rough. That number is growing by the minute. Poverty, mental illness, unexpected loss of jobs, natural disasters, and wars are the top causes of homelessness around the world.
Coronavirus and homelessness
People facing homelessness are hit especially hard by this outbreak. Those forced to sleep rough are more likely to suffer from respiratory conditions and other illnesses. If someone is sleeping rough or in a crowded night shelter, it’s simply impossible to follow the government advice and self-isolate. And many people who were already living with financial pressures are at serious risk of being pushed over the brink into homelessness as a result of the outbreak if we don’t provide the right support. We know we cannot let people be affected in this way. We are calling on everyone to play their part in protecting the people who are most exposed.
How many people are homeless?
There is no national figure for how many people are homeless across the UK. This is because homelessness is recorded differently in each nation, and because many homeless people do not show up in official statistics at all.
Government street counts and estimates give a snapshot of the national situation. The latest figures showed that 4,751 people slept rough across England on any given night in 2017 – a 15% increase compared to the previous year, and more than double the amount in 2010.
Last year 57,890 households were accepted as homeless in England. In Scotland, 34,100 applications were assessed as homeless and in Wales 9,210 households were threatened with homelessness.
Sheltersuit believes that every human being deserves warmth, protection, and dignity.
That is why we at Sheltersuit are working hard to help the people in need by producing and handing out as many Sheltersuits as possible. Furthermore, to help those who are distanced to the labor market, Sheltersuit has offered them to show and develop their talents in the Sheltersuit atelier, all whilst trying to keep the product waste to a minimum. Helping people in need, closing the gap to the labor market, and reducing waste are the three pillars that the Sheltersuit Foundation revolves around.
A Sheltersuit is a water- and windproof jacket with a sleeping bag, which can be transformed into a full-body suit. It is an outdoor product made with durable and insulating materials that assures all users warmth and rain protection. After use, the sleeping bag can be stored in the duffle bag.
By raising funds, Sheltersuit is able to protect more people in the EU, USA, Africa, and the UK by handing out Sheltersuit.