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Research on homelessness and neurodiversity

Housing inequalities in the UK, such as rising rent costs and poor quality of housing, have been getting worse since the COVID-19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis.

Homelessness and neurodicersity
Homelessness and neurodiversity. Image of person lying on a bench.

Since the pandemic, the number of people sleeping rough has increased by a quarter and the number of people living in temporary accommodation has reached over 100,000.

Services that support people facing homelessness have noticed an increase in autistic clients. There is also evidence that neurodivergent people are at a higher risk of becoming homeless. For example, research estimates that about 12% of people experiencing homelessness are autistic, compared to 1-2% of the general population. People with ADHD are also at a greater risk of becoming homeless.

Due to these concerns, we were asked to do some research about neurodivergent people’s experience of homelessness in one local authority area.

A neurodiverse research team, including Dr. Gemma Williams, Dr. Seb Shaw and NDTi's Paul Gutherson and Lauren Blood completed the research.

Read the summary report.

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