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Crisis responds to government’s homelessness prevention and relief 2017-18 Statistics

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Crisis responds to government’s homelessness prevention and relief 2017-18 Statistics

The Government’s homelessness prevention and relief 2017-18 Statistics released today show:

  • The total number of people currently living in temporary accommodation in England is 79,880 (up 3% from last year and 56% from 2010)
  • The total number of those living in B&B's is 5,940, a decrease of 10% from last year (6580), but an increase of 190% from 2010 (2050)

Responding to the figures, Jon Sparkes, Crisis Chief Executive, said:

“While we welcome steps the Government has taken around preventing homelessness, today’s figures are a stark reminder that there are still far too many people who are homeless and stuck in temporary accommodation or being placed in sub-standard and sometimes dangerous B&Bs. 

“Every day we see first-hand the effects of long stays in these types of accommodation; people can become isolated, with little access to vital support services, in poor conditions with nowhere to wash clothes or cook.

“No one deserves to live like this. In our recently published plan to end homelessness we call for help to be offered to those at risk of losing their home at a much earlier stage so that homelessness is prevented, whenever possible. When people do lose their homes however, we need to make sure they are helped quickly into safe and secure accommodation. This means affordable houses and flats in ordinary communities. 

“When people quickly get the help they need they are far less likely to develop mental and physical health problems. They are far more likely to build networks, find work and move out of homelessness for good.

“In 21st century Britain homelessness isn’t inevitable. Now that we know the solutions to end homelessness we’re calling on the Government to take swift action to tackle the problem and fix it once and for all.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

To view the Governments 2017-18 prevention and relief stats in full visit: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statutory-homelessness-and-homelessness-prevention-and-relief-england-january-to-march-2018