William Eichler 16 March 2021

Six million people fear homelessness due to COVID-19

Six million people fear homelessness due to COVID-19  image

One in seven adults in England – the equivalent of more than six million people – are more worried about becoming homeless due to the pandemic, new research reveals.

The homelessness charity Shelter has warned that the economic impact of COVID-19 is going to result in an increase in the number of people losing their homes.

A YouGov poll commissioned by the charity shows it is private renters who have fared the worst during the Coronavirus crisis. One in four private renting adults (27%) – around 2.2 million people – now fear becoming homeless.

Private renters are also almost twice as likely to feel depressed and anxious about their housing situation, compared with the general public (26%). According to YouGov’s findings, nearly half (47%) of private renters say they are more depressed and anxious in light of the pandemic.

Shelter says that the concerns of private renters are ‘not unfounded’ because a quarter of them – or two million people – have seen their income decrease in the last six months.

Nearly a quarter (24%) of private renters have had to borrow money and 18% have cut back on food or skipped meals to pay their rent. Twelve percent have cut back on heating their home.

The findings of the YouGov poll chimed with Shelter’s own data, which shows that two-thirds (63%) of calls answered by its emergency helpline in the last year were from people already homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, commented: ‘Through our helpline we have seen just how scared people are about their homes and their futures. People’s lives are literally on the line. They are desperately struggling, and the threat of homelessness is very real.

‘At Shelter we are working hard to keep people safe in their homes. Thanks to the generous support of the public and our partners we have been able to answer double the number of calls, but we need to keep this up if we are going to weather the coming storm. To make sure we can always be on the other end of the line, we’re asking the public to support our appeal.’

Regenerating public realm for climate change image

Regenerating public realm for climate change

The regeneration of White Hart Lane in Tottenham, London has shown has permeable paving and street trees should can help address climate change while delivering SuDS. Chris Hodson reports.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Highways Operative - Barrow x4

Cumbria County Council
£22,571 – £23,484
We are looking to recruit a new Highways Operative to our Highways Service. Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Refugee Resettlement Interpreter - Ukrainian and Russian

Cumbria County Council
£28,226 - £29,174
‘Homes for Ukraine’ is the Government’s initiative to supporting those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. Cumbria / Countywide
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Safer Spaces Community Safety Enforcement Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£31,122 - £32,112
Our Community Safety Enforcement Officers are responsible for improving community safety outcomes throughout the Royal Borough’s main Town Centres. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Enforcement Support Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£31,122 - £32,112
The Royal Borough of Greenwich are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic, and compassionate individuals. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Communications and Engagement Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£38,385 to £41,586
We’re looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated communications professional to join our team. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

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.