The number of homeless people recorded dying on streets or in temporary accommodation has more than doubled over the last five years in the UK. The number of homeless people recorded dying on streets or in temporary accommodation has more than doubled over the last five years in the UK. This man died sleeping on Birmingham streets. What happened to his life? With people found dead in supermarket car parks, church graveyards and crowded hostels, the number of deaths has risen year on year, from 31 in 2013 to 70 in 2017. At least 230 people have died over that period. Recently compiled figures, which include an average of more than one death a week in 2017, are likely to be a substantial underestimate, as no part of the UK government records homeless death statistics at a national level, and local authorities are not required to count rough sleeper deaths. Experts have put the rise down to a rapidly increasing homeless population, rising rents, welfare cuts and lack of social housing, and have called for the government to take urgent action to address the root causes of poverty.