Only 46% of 27,310 homelessness applications received this year have been accepted

  • Between 1 January and 31 March this year less than half of 27,310 homelessness applications have been accepted.

    Of those denied housing assistance 27% were found not to be homeless, 20% were found to be homeless but not in priority need 8% were found to be intentionally homeless and in priority need, reports 24dash.

    The amount of people presenting themselves as homeless in 2014's quarter 1 was 4% lower than in the corresponding quarter in 2013.    

    Responding to the figures, Leslie Morphy, chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis, said: "Today's figures provide a grim picture of London's housing crisis. Homelessness in the capital has risen for the fourth year running, with the ending of a private tenancy the leading cause. Yet today's figures are only part of the story: rough sleeping in London has been rising at an alarming rate, with a massive increase of 75% over the last three years. Behind these numbers are thousands of people struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Cuts to housing benefit and a lack of affordable housing continue to take a heavy toll on people's lives, particularly in London where demand for housing is greatest The government must rethink its damaging cuts to housing benefit. At the same time, we urgently need more affordable homes and greater protections for those who rent."

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