One district's housing team at ‘breaking point' due to increase in homelessness
- 09 May
A large rise in homelessness and an increased waiting list has left Uttlesford District Council's housing team at "breaking point".
The number of people presenting themselves as homeless in Uttlesford has risen by 64% in the past two years, and the number of households in need of affordable homes whilst the housing team found accommodation for the homeless.
The housing team have said here are now 1,813 households waiting on the council's register for social housing, which is a 53% rise in two years, reports Cambridge News.
Roz Millership, assistant director of housing and environmental services at UDC, told the Weekly News: "The gap has widened for affordability. People are looking at private renting or are coming to the council. But the rental prices keep increasing here as there are not enough houses. We are feeling it. We're at breaking point."
Judith Snares, housing needs and landlord services manager for UDC, said: "A number of people have been made homeless from private renting and they have no other option but to come to the council. This makes the wait even longer for other families on the list. Many people cannot afford to live in Uttlesford anymore. We don't want children to move away or still be living with their parents."
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