Housing shortage making it harder to leave homelessness behind

By Stephen Holland at Homeless Link

A new report has found amongst its key findings that a lack of affordable accommodation is leading to the ‘silting up’ of many homeless services.

According to the survey of 459 homeless agencies:

On average 32% of people are ready to move on from hostels and supported accommodation but are unable to.
Pressures on the housing market and limited supply of rental properties were cited as the main barrier, affecting two-thirds (66%) of projects.
In its annual review of the sector, umbrella body Homeless Link warns that the housing shortage is making it harder for people to escape homelessness.

Support for Single Homeless People in England tracks trends in the support services available to homeless people and found a number of key changes taking place in 2013.

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