Homelessness Briefing

By: Shelter, Crisis, Homeless Link, St Mungo's  Published: December 2010

Homelessness is beginning to rise. As the impact of the economic downturn and the long term housing shortage take hold, advice services have seen greater demand for help from people having lost or under threat of losing their homes, and some official statistics also show an increase in the number of homeless people including a rise in street homelessness.


Imminent cuts to affordable housing budgets, housing benefit, advice and other safety nets are likely to only make this problem worse. This briefing sets out the context for these developments by explaining how homelessness is defined and measured and setting out some of the most up to date figures and recent trends.


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