Homeless stuck in supported accommodation due to housing shortages
- 07 May
Hostels are forced to turn away homeless people due to residents who are ready leave having nowhere to go.
Supported accommodation is used to provide people with the help they need with issues such as homelessness, mental health or substance misuse; and is an important step in giving people back their independence. They are not however, designed to provide long term care for residents.
Homeless Link's annual review found that 32% of people in homelessness projects were ready to move on but due to a shortage in available accommodation, were unable. Over half of those people were waiting for up to three months, writes the chief executive of Homeless Link, Rick Henderson, in the Guardian.
For many staying in supported accommodation for longer than necessary, the time spent can be counterproductive. There are 1,104 fewer supported housing bed spaces than the previous year and the latest rough sleeping statistics showed a 5% rise in the number of people estimated to be sleeping rough.
A Capgemini evaluation found the average cost of housing a single homeless person in a hostel was £309 a week, however the average cost of housing someone in the private rented sector is just £105 a week, and in the social rented sector the figure is even lower at just £91.
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