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Over recent years Women’s Work has seen a rise in the number of women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – for example, those living in temporary accommodation, a hostel, or ‘sofa surfing’.

Homelessness in Derby stands at 4.5% of the population compared with 0.29% in North East Derbyshire¹. Derby City Council reported 6 people sleeping rough in Derby during 2020, all of these male². But in actual fact, Women’s Work has supported some 28 women across the city identified as being ‘hidden homeless’, for example, those staying in a hostel, during the year. 

There are many reasons why people become homeless including mortgage or rent arrears leading to the loss of their home; parents no longer willing to provide accommodation, and through escaping from a violent relationship. Those who are being sexually abused or exploited, suffered abuse or trauma as a child, as well as young people leaving care, are also at greater risk of becoming homeless. 

Less than 15% of homeless people in England are women², but over half of these have been intimidated or threatened and one in four have been sexually assaulted³.

Read on to find out how Women’s Work is working in partnership through the WoRTH project to meet the needs of women who are at homeless or living in a hostel.

¹ Figures for 2018, see Derbyshire Observatory Poverty and Deprivation
² Figures for 2020, see Rough Sleeping Snapshot in England, Autumn 2020
³ Protecting Rough Sleepers and Renters: Interim Report First Report of Session 2019-21


Helpline & additional information

Shelter can provide advice to help prevent problems getting out of hand – their freephone helpline is 0808 800 4444.  If you are homeless contact Derby Homes on 01332 888777 Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.  Outside of these hours call Care Line on 01332 956606.  Padley provides services to help people with issues such as homelessness, debt and destitution, drugs, alcohol, and mental health issues, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, severe autism and long term unemployment. Contact: 01332 774480.

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