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Households in temporary accommodations soars to highest in over a decade

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Households in temporary accommodations soars to highest in over a decade

18th September 2019
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have released their quarterly figures for homelessness, revealing some worrying trends.

A total of 84,740 households were in temporary accommodation across the country at the end of March this year, 66% of which were in the capital. This number has reached its highest level since 2007, and is an increase of 77% from the lowest figures seen in 2010.

Temporary accommodation includes places such as bed and breakfast, hotels, or homelessness hostels like Caritas Anchor House. We provide both accommodation and support with life skills, wellbeing, education and employment. This gives residents the best chance of getting back on their feet and leading independent and fulfilling lives when they move on.

Furthermore, where we are based in Newham, 40% of households were in paid employment at the time of their application to the council for assistance due being homeless or their risk of homelessness.

Amanda Dubarry, Chief Executive, said, “To see these ever increasing figures is a real worry for organisations such as ours who work tirelessly to support people out of homelessness. We will continue to work hard alongside partner homelessness services and the local authority to plan and implement solutions which will make a real difference in our community.

We are proud to be the largest single homelessness provider in the area, and will continue to provide both accommodation and valuable life skills support to those in need.”

The Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, said: “This situation has not been created by the policies of the council. It is the tragic result of central government’s relentless austerity drive, their attack on social housing and cuts to local government grants.”

The Government recently announced £422 million will be spent tackling homelessness and rough sleeping next year in line with the Homeless Reduction Act implemented last year, which aims to halve rough sleeping by 2022 before eradicating it altogether.

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