Provisions for homeless people is falling
- 15 Oct
Homeless Link has said that 133 homelessness projects had closed and 4,000 beds in hostels and second stage accommodation had been lost in the last three years.
Homelessness projects are finding that they are having to close down, reduce staffing levels and cut bed spaces due to housing budgets being squeezed.
The number of full-time staff in the sector has fallen by 16% while almost half of homeless services last year reported a fall in investment, reports Inside Housing.
Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link, said: ‘Whilst we understand the pressure councils are under, we also know that investment in tackling homelessness is in everyone's interest and is backed by the public.'
In 2010 there were 1648 homelessness projects however there are now only 1515. Bed spaces in 2010 were at 43,665 compared to 39,434 this year.
The research by Homeless Link was due to them calling on councillors to back homelessness investment in its Pay it Forward campaign.
The research also revealed that one in three people in Britain has experienced homelessness or know someone that has, with eight out of ten of those polled believing councils should to more to help and prevent homelessness.
Mr Henderson added: ‘These figures highlight how common the experience of being without a home really is and the impact homelessness has on individuals and communities. Homelessness services play a vital role in helping people rebuild their lives, but can only do so if they continue to receive sustainable long-term funding.'
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