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Latest DLUHC homelessness figures show rises across the country.

Posted01.03.23

Latest DLUHC homelessness figures demonstrate the strain facing Londoners

New figures released by the Government’s Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities show a 34% in rise in homelessness in London in Autumn 2022 compared to 2021.

The government data found that rough sleeping had increased in every region of England year-on-year since 2020. However, London’s 34% rise was the highest, compared to an average of 26% across the country.

There were an estimated 858 people sleeping rough in the capital on a single night, compared to 640 the year before. In fact, almost half (47%) of all people sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2022 were in London and the South East.

Lack of affordable housing coupled with soaring rents is placing particularly high pressure on Londoners in terms of housing security. This is on top of the other causes of homelessness that continue to push people onto the streets if the right support is not available. We are seeing these issues borne out by the latest government figures.

However, there is no single solution to this complex problem. There is certainly a clear need for more affordable housing, but the other factors underlying homelessness need a response too. From childhood trauma to addiction and family breakdown, people lose their homes for lots of reasons, and his can cause problems that create cycles of homelessness. In order to get London’s statistics moving back in the right direction, these cycles must also be addressed using personal, tailored support.

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