Women, Homelessness and Health

Women, Homelessness and Health
30/01/2020 Becky Evans

New research, conducted by Groundswell, has found that 74% of women who are homeless have a physical health issue and 64% were experiencing mental health issues.

“I have been really anxious lately I keep waking up at three o’clock in the morning. And because I am waking up anxious it takes me ages to go back to sleep.  I keep having dreams about where they are going to house me.”

The research, funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA), aimed to understand the health conditions women who are homeless were facing and how homelessness affected their health. The research was carried out by volunteers, all who themselves have experienced homelessness, enabling them to build trust and relate to the women they were talking to.

Info-graphic of data and quotes from the women, homelessness and health research

The research was launched at an event with people working in homelessness, health as well as people who have experienced homelessness. A podcast was recorded by the researchers, giving insight into these issues the research explores directly from the voices of the women themselves. This podcast, along with Groundswell’s other podcasts can be found on sites including Anchor, Spotify and Google Podcasts – search ‘Groundswell’ and subscribe for free. Listen to the podcast now:

Read the Executive Summary for more information on the key findings. The event on 31st January involved workshops with professionals and people who have been homeless, created recommendations of what needs to change to offer solutions to the issues highlighted. Read the full report now.

Graphic of a quote from the women, homelessness and health research

A huge round of applause to our volunteer researchers whose enthusiasm, love and commitment knows no bounds. We have loved every minute of doing this research with you.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to the following services who warmly welcomed us and enabled us to complete this research. These include the Ace of Clubs, Look Ahead, Connections St Martins, Crisis, Glass Door, The Green Room, Manna Society, Magpie Project, Marsha Phoenix, New Horizons and Passage Day Centre. Thank you for all the amazing work you do to support women experiencing homelessness.

Lastly, we would like to thank the women who took time to participate in this research; thank you for sharing your stories and warmth with us at a difficult time in your lives. The strength you have shown gives us the hope and drive to keep on fighting for change.