Outreach workers in Bristol say their job has never been harder with a 100% rise in homelessness in the past six years.
Igor and Skye from the St Mungo's group in the city search the streets for rough sleepers, bringing them hot coffee and an offer of help.
Government figures counted 1,768 people sleeping rough in England in 2010. Last year it was 4,134.
But some charities estimate the true figure to be twice as high.
They blame a combination of cuts to support services and a lack of affordable housing.
At The Wild Goose drop in centre in Bristol, staff have witnessed a deterioration in the atmosphere.
The government says it's tackling the problem by investing a billion pounds over the next two years and implementing its Homelessness Reduction Act
But critics say that if it wants to get people off the streets it must start by building homes that they can afford.