Being without a home affects every aspect of a person’s life, from their ability to hold down or find a job, to their health and their relationships. The immediate and long-term effects of homelessness on individuals have a high impact on public services, putting additional pressures on health, support services, the police and judicial system.
In 2015/16, Cardiff was above the Wales average for the number of households prevented from becoming homelessness. However, over the last 2 years, the number of people sleeping rough in Cardiff has steadily increased. The Welsh Government’s annual count of rough sleepers observed 24 individuals in 2014, 30 in 2015 and 53 individuals in 2016, and a rate per 10,000 households which is significantly above the Welsh average.