Shocking statistics show a quarter of homeless families are working

Written by on July 24, 2018

SHOCKING statistics show more than a quarter of homeless families across the West Midlands are working.

The figures, released by Shelter’s social housing commission following a Freedom of Information request, illustrate almost 700 families in the region (29 per cent) are holding down a job despite having nowhere to live.

The number of people ‘homeless and working’ in 2013 was 200, meaning the figure has increased by 350 per cent in just five years.

Experts say the trend in ‘working homelessness’ is being driven by a combination of high private rents, the on-going housing benefit freeze and a chronic lack of social homes.

High housing costs are a major area of concern for many working families right across the country, particularly for those in low-paid, part-time or contract jobs. Losing a tenancy is now the single biggest cause of homelessness – accounting for 27 per cent of homeless households.

Polly Neate, CEO of Shelter, said it was disgraceful families were working every hour they could and still facing homelessness.

“In many cases, these are parents who work all day or night before returning to a cramped hostel or B&B where their whole family is forced to share a room.

“A room with no space for normal family life like cooking, playing or doing homework.

“We cannot allow struggling families to slip through the cracks created by our housing crisis – the Government must urgently come up with a new plan for social housing that delivers the genuinely affordable homes we desperately need.”

Shelter’s commission – the Big Conversation – has called for ‘bold solutions’ to the problem as to continue was simply not good enough.

More social housing was needed to ease the housing crisis. the role social housing needs to play in easing the housing crisis, it added.

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