Bexley and Bromley revealed as homelessness hotspots, ranking among the highest in the country
PUBLISHED: 09:25 01 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:56 01 December 2016
There are nearly 6,000 people in temporary accommodation in the two boroughs
Thousands of people are living without a home according to new figures, with Bromley and Bexley recording some of the highest rates of homelessness.
Shelter has revealed more than a quarter of a million people are homeless across the country.
Locally, nearly 6,000 people are using temporary accommodation according to the figures, released to coincide with the charity’s 50th anniversary.
Bromley has ranked 23 in the top 50 homelessness hotspots, where one in 82 people are homeless.
The borough has just under 4,000 people in temporary accommodation, four rough sleepers.
Bexley isn’t far behind in 30, in fact the borough has six people sleeping rough.
A total of 1,856 people are in temporary accommodation. On average one in every 129 people is homeless across the Greater London borough.
The findings were calculated by Shelter after looking at figures from sources including government data and information from social services obtained following a freedom of information request.
Children and adults were included in the calculations, which Shelter described as conservative. The findings did not include “hidden” homelessness, such as people staying with friends.
Shelter’s chief executive Campbell Robb said: “Shelter’s founding shone a light on hidden homelessness in the sixties slums. But while those troubled times have faded into memory, 50 years on, a modern-day housing crisis is tightening its grip on our country.
“We all face the consequences when so many in our country grow up without a place to call home. It breaks up communities and wreaks havoc on family life.”
A Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) spokesman said of Shelter’s findings: “We do not recognise these figures.
“The actual level of homelessness is less than half the 2003 peak. However, we know that one person without a home is one too many.
“That is why the Government is investing over £500 million during the course of this parliament to tackle homelessness. This includes protecting £315 million for local authority homelessness prevention funding, and £149 million central government funding.”