The last 24 hours has witnessed compelling reports concerning the shocking rise in homelessness and rough sleeping in England. This link takes you to the official government report from the Office of National Statics that has been the cause of the headlines. Read more here. The total number of households in temporary accommodation on 30 September 2016 was 74,630, up 9% on a year earlier, and up 55% on the low of 48,010 on 31 December 2010.
Local authorities accepted 14,930 households as being statutorily homeless between 1 July and 30 September 2016, down 1% on the previous quarter and up 2% on the same quarter of last year. These are households that are owed a main homelessness duty to secure accommodation as a result of being unintentionally homeless and in priority need.T
An article from the Glasgow Evening Times (May 2015): As part of a series of articles on homelessness in Glasgow, the Evening Times speaks to the people who run city charities supporting those in need. Lorraine McGrath has been Chief Executive of the Simon Community since 2012 and oversees a range of services which includes a street team that goes out every night to help homeless people. Read more here.
BBC (January 2017). More than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England’s streets, a 16% increase on last year. Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show more than half of councils in England recorded a rise in rough sleeping compared with the year before. Read more here
We are the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England. We work to make services better and campaign for policy change that will help end homelessness. Read more here.
The Guardian Newspaper (January 2017): Jim was born and bred in Bristol and is proud of the city he grew up in and where, until recently, he worked as a chef. But just now he is angry at the place. “I’m feeling unwelcome in my own town,” he said. “I feel I’ve been failed by the system.” Read more here.
The Guardian Newspaper (January 2017): Huge cuts to homelessness services will trigger a surge in the number of people forced to sleep on the streets and pile more pressure on hard-pressed NHS and social care services, charities have said. Several councils are preparing to axe housing support services, including hostel beds, refuges and sheltered housing, as they struggle to meet the demands of a fresh round of multimillion-pound budget cuts from April.Read more here