More than 250,000 households were faced with homelessness during the final quarter of 2020-21, according to a government report published today.
The stats show that, even during the pandemic, 265,560 households were either homeless or at risk of homelessness in England during the period.
That’s despite the Everyone In initiaitve, which was launched at the start of the pandemic in the first half of 2020.
‘End this outrage’
Responding to the statistics, Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link, said: “It is shocking that at a time when many of us were asked to stay at home, more than a quarter of a million households, many with children, were still at risk of losing theirs.
“This is in spite of furlough, the eviction ban, and other measures to protect people. The figures show that more urgent intervention is needed to prevent homelessness.
“The government must prioritise sustainable funding for services and a focus on prevention that addresses the systemic causes of homelessness – including the welfare system and lack of truly affordable housing – if we are to end homelessness for good.
“Everyone should have the right to open and close their front door and feel safe and secure in their own accommodation.
“Sadly, these figures demonstrate that, for many people, this isn’t the case. This insecurity can be seen all across England, affecting people in every community.
“Urgent and ambitious action is needed from the government and across society to end this outrage.”
Homeless Link, the national membership charity for frontline homelessness services, works to improve services through research, guidance and learning, and campaign for policy change that will ensure everyone has a place to call home and the support they need to keep it.
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