Get help Homelessness FAQs Who are the hidden homeless? Homelessness is not limited to rough sleepers. There are countless people living with relatives and friends, sleeping on sofas, living in temporary accommodation such as hostels and bed and breakfasts. If you don’t have a place to call your own where you can lock the door, you are homeless. We can’t accurately count the number of people who are ‘hidden’ as many do not report to the local authority or to charities until they run out of options.