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Sock Mob

February 03 2010

On 30 December 2009, eight members of the Sock Mob volunteer network found 87 people sleeping rough or about to bed down in the south of Westminster. They searched only a third of the borough. The Sock Mob - a casual 300+ strong volunteer network seeking to give friendship and socks to rough sleepers, beggars and others who seem socially excluded in central London - have begun to undertake the more formal role of rough sleeper counting because of our general scepticism about the local council's statistics.

This is a high figure, particularly at a time when winter shelters are open, and suggests the true picture differs from the official version. The last official figures (Autumn 2009) for rough sleepers in the whole borough were 110. We at the Sock Mob want a bit of realism brought to this ‘ending homelessness' debate and invite everyone, homeless or not, to join with us in fun and friendship to help do so.

Jonathan Cairns, Organiser for London Sock Mob

Thank you for this, and we'll reflect on your figures when we cover the next official and unofficial street counts.