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Summit to tackle rising numbers of homeless people in the East of England

There has been a 200% rise in the number of homeless people in the streets of East Anglia since 2010. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A summit has been held in Cambridge to address the rising numbers of rough sleepers in the East of England.

There has been a 200% rise in people living on our streets since 2010, with places like Norwich, Harlow, Ipswich and Southend among the worst affected.

Community leaders, including a former Archbishop of Canterbury, and volunteers came together to discuss how to tackle the problem.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Homeless figures may be higher

Appeal to raise money for homeless people Credit: ITV Anglia

A Norfolk charity says the number people without permanent homes over their heads is higher than official figures.

The Benjamin Foundation, based in Norwich, is asking people to sleep out for one night in November to raise money for those without a home.

The Foundation says that doesn't just mean those living on the streets, but those who are having to sofa surf, or are in vulnerable housing.