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Homelessness this Christmas

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Sadly it is estimated that at least 117,000 children are set to be homeless this Christmas and in temporary accommodation in England.

The Department for Communities and Local Government have pledged to invest £550m in an attempt to tackle homeless. However, the continuing rise of homelessness is predicted and various Charities are urging the Government to do more. Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing has said “this is a rising trend that shows no signs of slowing down”.

No one in the modern day should have to face the prospect of homelessness at Christmas, but sadly homelessness is an everyday occurrence for some, 365 days a year.  As the cold weather starts to build there are even more people not lucky enough to be provided with temporary accommodation and they will be forced to sleep on the streets. 

Government figures show that evictions from the private rented sector were the leading cause of homelessness with 18,820 households being homeless after an eviction last year.  Some 39,723 homes were repossessed in the 12 months to September 2016, which equates to 108 homes per day. Ministry of Justice data also confirms that there are a further 137,773 renting households at risk of losing their homes. Some of the reasons being cited for this are benefit cuts and affordable housing shortages.

If you are worried about losing your home due to rent or mortgage arrears Stephensons have a specialist housing team who can provide advice and assistance in relation to possession proceedings, homelessness and other housing related legal issues

If you require legal advice please contact our housing law team on 0175 321 6399.