Homelessness remains high

6 September 2012

Sleeping man on sofa

Figures out today show a 9% year on year increase in homeless acceptances between April to June 2012 since the same quarter last year.

According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, 12,860 households were accepted as homeless this quarter, compared to 11,820 between April to June 2011.

Commenting on the figures, Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive said: 

‘It’s extremely worrying to see homelessness remaining at such high levels. Despite a small decrease over recent months, today’s figures show that over 1,000 more households were accepted as homeless compared to the same time last year.

‘For families and children in particular, the trauma of losing a home cannot be underestimated. Many face upheaval to temporary housing miles away from schools, families and communities, which has lasting impacts on their education and well-being.  

‘As the impact of the recession continues to bite and with further cuts to the housing safety net due to hit next year, thousands more struggling families could be tipped into homelessness.'

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