Busted? Although homelessness charities spend a large proportion of their time educating the public, this is still a popular misconception. Homelessness can mean living in temporary accommodation, sofa surfing, squatting, or in a living in a hostel.
Official homelessness figures show that town halls accepted 53,250 households as homeless in England in 2014, but very few of them are rough sleepers. A total of 2,744 people were spotted rough sleeping by councils last Autumn – an increase of 14% compared to 2013.