Rough Sleeper Deaths In Sheffield: What We Know

Two rough sleepers, men in their 40's and 60's, lost their lives while living on the streets of Sheffield in the last five years.

By Romano, 12, Sheffield · April 20, 2020

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Over the last five years, two rough sleepers have died in Sheffield. 

One man aged 47 died in 2017, while another male, aged 60, died in 2019.

In response to a Freedom of Information request filed by media literacy charity The Student View, asking how many rough sleepers had died in the city in the last five years, the council stated that their data only includes “people who we know were rough sleeping at the actual time of their death.”

Sheffield council’s current budget for supporting rough sleepers is  £412,926 annually, but the problem has continued in 2020. In January, The Star newspaper reported on the “body of ‘rough sleeper’ found on busy Sheffield city centre street”. 

Meanwhile, Yorkshire Live reported in February 2020 on new figures that showed “the number of rough sleepers in Sheffield surged to the highest it has ever been during autumn 2019.”