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Hidden homeless numbers are on the rise

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Hidden homeless numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. Even more alarming is the fact that, according to Crisis, one in ten adults will experience some form of homelessness in their lives.

Hidden homeless numbers are extremely difficult to accurately record as they are excluded from support and advice statistics because they are people living in squats, sofa surfing, relying on friends and family for support and rough sleeping. Statistics instead focus on those people who are owed the main homelessness duty and are entitled to accommodation. However, the vast majority of homeless people fall outside of this category.

Crisis has estimated that there are 380,000 hidden homeless people trapped in ‘limbo’ who are sleeping on sofas, squatting in unused buildings and staying in hostels. This number is on the rise at an alarming rate and will not be included in the Chancellors new package to support homeless people as this appears to focus on rough sleepers, who are only the tip of the iceberg. The thousands of hidden homeless people simply cannot afford to find a home of their own due to the rising cost of bonds and estate agent fees.

In a divisionary tactic all too common in politics the government appear to be giving with one hand and taking with the other, with plans to spend £110 million on helping street homeless and cuts to benefits which will undoubtedly cause more people to fall into rent arrears and risk street homelessness.

The housing crisis is not a simple problem, however, there is a relatively simple solution – more affordable housing.

If you are one of the thousands of hidden homeless help is available. You may qualify for help to find housing and can contact one of our experienced housing team for assistance on 0175 321 6399 or by completing our our online enquiry form.

By Laura Waby, graduate paralegal in the housing team