50% of people seeking homeless help from councils are turned away

  • Latest government homeless figures show a 3% fall in the number of household in England who approached the councils for help, however over half seeking help were turned away.

    The number of households in temporary accommodation has had a rise of 8% and over a quarter of households are placed outside their local area, reports 24dash. Homeless

    Commenting on the figures, Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, said: "Whilst it is encouraging that the number of people seeking help with homelessness from councils has not risen further, it is concerning that so many people continue to be turned away. Many of these individuals turn to charities to provide support and help them get their lives back on track when they have nowhere else to go.

    "It is also disappointing to see the accommodation crisis leading to more families being placed in unsuitable temporary accommodation such as bed & breakfasts. This is not a suitable solution to the problem and further highlights the need for an increased supply of affordable homes.

    "Although there are signs that the economy is beginning to recover, we must not lose sight of the thousands of people with no place to call home. It is vital that investment in homeless support and prevention continues so that the benefits of the recovery can be shared by all."

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