Homelessness is not inevitable in a country as privileged and well off as ours.
However, since 2010, nationally the number of people sleeping rough has more than doubled.
There can be no excuses – homelessness must end.
Here in Leeds, Labour has been trying to do just that. Thanks to Leeds Labour Council, the city has the lowest number of rough sleepers of any major city.
A future Labour Government would set out a new national plan to end rough sleeping altogether, starting by making available 4,000 additional homes reserved for people with a history of rough sleeping.
We will also take action to tackle the root causes of homelessness,
including safeguarding homeless hostels and other supported housing from crude Conservative cuts to housing benefit.
Here in Leeds, Leeds Labour have begun some of this work already.
We have prioritised the issue, supporting over 60 rough sleepers given tenancies in the past 6 months. We always have more beds available than there are rough sleepers.
There are complex reasons why some still choose to sleep rough, but we will continue to offer all the support we can.
Leeds has the lowest number of rough sleepers out of all the major cities in the UK because of this work.
Under Leeds Labour, nobody need ever sleep rough on the streets.
You have 3 votes for the May elections.
Before you cast them, read about the great people standing for Labour here in Leeds North West.
Then please use all three votes for Labour candidates.
Help us continue the work.