Laura Sharman 09 December 2021

One in every 206 people are homeless, charity warns

One in every 206 people are homeless, charity warns image

One in every 206 people in England are without a home, new research from a homelessness charity has revealed.

A report from Shelter shows more than 274,000 people are homeless in England right now, including 126,000 children.

The analysis shows of these people, nearly 250,000 were living in temporary accommodation, with nearly 15,000 single people in direct access hostels.

London had the highest rate of homelessness with one in 53 people now homeless. Luton had the highest levels outside of the capital, with one in 66 people homeless.

'We predicted the pandemic would trigger a rising tide of evictions and our services are starting to see the reality of this now,' said Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter. 'We’re flooded with calls from families and people of all ages who are homeless or on the verge of losing their home.'

She added: 'It is shameful that 274,000 people are without a home, and with COVID protections now gone thousands more will be joining them. A shoddy hostel room or a freezing cold doorway is no place to wake up on Christmas morning, but sadly so many people will.'

Cllr David Renard, Local Government Association housing spokesperson, said: 'These figures should be a wake-up call to the need for a cross-departmental government plan to tackle homelessness with long-term investment in prevention and services to support economically vulnerable people and households to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place.'

London Councils is calling on the Government to end to all restrictions on local authorities’ use of Right to Buy sales receipts and increase grant funding for affordable housing to help boroughs tackle homelessness.

Skate parks are not the only fruit image

Skate parks are not the only fruit

On Go Skateboarding Day, Susannah Walker asks councils and their leisure and park departments to think differently about what facilities they provide for teenagers.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of Service – Adults Services South, Safeguarding & DoLS

Bolton Council
It is an exciting time to join us as Head of Service for Safeguarding, DoLS and South District. Bolton, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Bolton Council


Royal Borough of Greenwich
£28,470 - £44,628
Kick-start your career with an apprenticeship based in Royal Borough of Greenwich. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Social Worker – Enhanced Social Care Support In Reach

Essex County Council
£32,787 to £44,826
We currently have an opportunity for a Social Worker to join our Countywide Enhanced Support In Reach Team. Essex / Countywide
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Procurement Assistant Manager x 3

Essex County Council
We are looking for an experienced procurement professional to fulfil this truly wide ranging role. Chelmsford, Essex / Anywhere Worker
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Group Accountant-Business Services

City of Bradford MDC
£42,614 to £47,665
Bradford is currently on a journey of change delivering the ambitious outcomes of our Council Plan. Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.