Shelter says social housing is the only long term solution to homelessness

Shelter says social housing is the only long term solution to homelessness

8:58 AM, 29th October 2021, About A year ago 23

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The government released new figures on homelessness in England for the period April to June 2021. These figures include data for the first month after the ban in evictions was lifted at the end of May. They show:

91 families became homeless each day as lockdown restrictions lifted.
Since the start of the pandemic a total of 183,290 households have been tipped into homelessness.

Between April and June, 20,850 families approached their local council and were found to be homeless or at risk of homelessness – despite the eviction ban being in place for most of the period.

16,210 homeless households were placed into emergency B&Bs and hostels, where conditions are notoriously overcrowded and poor, with families sharing facilities like bathrooms.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “Since the pandemic erupted, more than 180,000 households have been thrown into homelessness and a desperately uncertain future.

“With 91 families becoming homeless every single day, the Chancellor missed a vital opportunity to deal with the biggest bill people face – their rent. The government’s failure to invest in truly affordable social homes means far too many children will have to call a grimy hostel room “home” for the foreseeable.

“While the government’s benefits support for people in work will provide a vital lifeline for some, it won’t help everyone in need. The months ahead are going to be very hard with soaring food and energy prices on top of extortionate and rising rents. If struggling families are to stand a chance at recovery, the government has to build decent social homes – it is the only solution to homelessness that will last.”

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7:18 AM, 31st October 2021, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 31/10/2021 - 00:03I couldn't agree more with you.
Unfortunately I think this leopard will never change its spots. And private Landlord bashing is ingrained in its DNA. I can cope with this every industry has its detractors, I only hope that one day they'll realise that piling costs & taxes on Landlords ultimately hurts tenants gets through their pachyderm skin (sorry for the mixed metaphors). Through higher rents, less choice/availability, stricter referencing, higher income requirements, guarantors, etc.

Landlord Phil

8:23 AM, 1st November 2021, About A year ago

Shelter can and will do whatever they like . I am only concerned with one thing about them. Gov stop giving them money. Public stop donating. Society needs to stop funding these looneys. Look at the salary bill before you send money!


11:33 AM, 1st November 2021, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Landlord Phil at 01/11/2021 - 08:23
I've been saying this for ages. A huge proportion of Shelters income is spent on wages, with their Directors trousering the thick end of £1m.
The continually dupe the the general public into donating by misleading them to believe that they reduce homelessness. Whereas the reality is that they provide homes for no-one (except the nice executive homes for their Execs). Then they demonise and drive out of the market the people who do actually provde homes, and in so doing drive up rents, and reduce availability
You couldn't make it up!

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