As temperatures drop in much of the northern hemisphere, The Independent is launching its latest Christmas campaign, this year focusing on homelessness.
In partnership with the Evening Standard they will be spending the coming months focusing on – and raising funds for – those who do not have a permanent place to call home.
In the UK, and particularly for those living in cities, the issue has become noticeably starker in recent years. Two people are dying every day on the streets of Britain, and the total number of people sleeping rough has risen by a fifth over the last year.
While the definition of “homelessness” differs from country to country, there are believed to be around 150 million homeless people around the world – representing 2 per cent of the global population. And a further 20 per cent lack adequate housing.