39% increase in homeless families living in Surrey in the past year
- 30 Apr
The number of families classed as homeless in Reigate and Banstead has risen by 39% in the past year alone.
The reasons for homelessness vary from tenancy loss to rent arrears, which has seen an increase in the number of families needing emergency accommodation, reports the Surrey Mirror.
The amount of homeless families and rising B&B bills has prompted the council to review its housing policy.
Simon Rosser, the authority's housing and welfare manager, said: "There is a growing number of families at risk from homelessness, both regionally and nationally. Our strategy of working with families at risk of homelessness along with their landlord, mortgage provider or family members is helping to reduce the number of families actually losing their homes. We see this as the best way to ensure a family does not have to experience homelessness. In addition to our preventative work, we are working hard to ensure that families do not have to stay in bed and breakfast or emergency accommodation for longer than is necessary. The council has worked with local housing providers to provide more temporary accommodation and is in the process of acquiring its own property to use as temporary accommodation to enable us to house people within the borough."
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