Homelessness is a complicated and often misunderstood issue

Anyone can become homeless – all it takes is a few poor decisions, or simply some bad luck. It really can happen to anyone. Just as homelessness is not caused by one thing – there is not a single solution. 

It’s a vital part of our work to dispel common myths about homelessness as well as providing information about what to do if you see someone sleeping rough. Read on to find out more.

homeless man sleeping on sofa

Types of homelessness

You are homeless if you don’t have a stable, safe, appropriate or clean place to live – but what are the different types of homelessness and what support is available?

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Do you need help?

If you don’t have a stable place to live or you are worried about losing your home, our drop-in service is here to help. We’ve also provided a list of other organisations that can offer support if you’re in crisis.

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Photo of man begging. Illustrating begging in Reading.


Begging and rough sleeping aren’t necessarily the same, and the majority of people begging in Reading aren’t actually street homeless. 

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