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23 MAR 2018

Rise in number of families in temporary accommodation

Rise in number of families in temporary accommodation

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has found that the number of families in temporary accommodation has risen by 64% since 2010, with almost 790,000 families staying in temporary accommodation in the last three months of 2017 because they didn’t have a permanent home. Chief executive at Crisis, Jon Sparkes, said the statistics are ‘unacceptable’ and that the Government must ‘invest more in schemes to prevent homelessness in the first place’.

Findings include:

  • 79,000 families stayed in temporary accommodation in the last three months of 2017, compared to 48,010 in the same period in 2010;
  • nearly 58,0000 families were accepted as homeless by their local council in the last year, which is an increase of 8%; and
  • losing a private tenancy is the biggest cause of homelessness – 28% of homeless households in priority need became homeless after becoming evicted from a privately rented home in the last year.
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Sparkes said:

‘It is unacceptable that nearly 79,000 households across England are finding themselves homeless and with no choice but to live in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs and hostels.

Temporary accommodation is often cramped, unsuitable, and sometimes even dangerous. It can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and mental health, and it's no place for anyone to call home.’

The Government has since announced a £215m boost for council homelessness services, which include a £15m fund for London councils to support work to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Homelessness minister, Heather Wheeler, says:

‘This Government is determined to help the most vulnerable in our society and to break the homelessness cycle once and for all. That is why we’re investing over £1.2bn in tackling the issue and bringing in the most ambitious legislation in decades, that will mean people get the support they need earlier.

This latest funding gives councils the freedom to invest in homelessness services that work in their area, including support to prevent someone becoming homeless in the first place.’