Steep rise in Sheffield’s homeless people needing support

File photo dated 12/04/12 of a man laying in a doorway as housing charity Shelter is warning that it has seen a sharp increase in demand for help among people at risk of becoming homeless. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday November 30, 2012. Shelter said it has seen an 80% increase over three years in the number of people its helpline has assisted who are either homeless or face losing their home. The number of families with children at risk of homelessness who have called the charity for help has soared by 92% over the period. The findings come after Shelter's Christmas appeal warned that 75,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless this Christmas, living in temporary accommodation such as bed and breakfasts or hostels.  The charity raised fears that rising rents and living costs and 'flatlining' wages will result in more families struggling to keep up with their housing payments in the months ahead.  Shelter said that 23,086 clients at risk of homelessness were helped by its helpline in the 12
File photo dated 12/04/12 of a man laying in a doorway as housing charity Shelter is warning that it has seen a sharp increase in demand for help among people at risk of becoming homeless. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday November 30, 2012. Shelter said it has seen an 80% increase over three years in the number of people its helpline has assisted who are either homeless or face losing their home. The number of families with children at risk of homelessness who have called the charity for help has soared by 92% over the period. The findings come after Shelter's Christmas appeal warned that 75,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless this Christmas, living in temporary accommodation such as bed and breakfasts or hostels. The charity raised fears that rising rents and living costs and 'flatlining' wages will result in more families struggling to keep up with their housing payments in the months ahead. Shelter said that 23,086 clients at risk of homelessness were helped by its helpline in the 12
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SHEFFIELD Cathedral’s Archer Project is reporting a steep rise in demand from homeless and vulnerable people as the economic crisis continues.

Managers at the centre have seen an increase of more than a quarter in the number of clients each day – and estimate that rough sleepers may have doubled.

Tim Renshaw, chief executive at The Archer Project, revealed the figures as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited to make a donation of winter clothes and food.

Mr Renshaw said: “It is recognised that there are more rough sleepers in Sheffield than five years ago. In 2007/8, it was estimated that there were nine in the city but the figure has now risen to 18 – although there has been a change in how they are counted.

“More people are also presenting themselves at the Archer Project for help with issues around housing and homelessness, from around 65 people a day to more than 80.

“We support them in terms of access to health services and finding housing.”

Mr Clegg handed over a donation of scarves, gloves and food, as well as meeting volunteers and clients of the centre – who also confronted him about the impact of benefit cuts.

Mr Clegg said: “As we get closer to Christmas and the nights get colder, you realise just how important centres such as the Cathedral Archer Project are. It was a privilege to be able to visit and make a donation.”

The project needs £405,000 a year to cover running costs. Send cheques to Cathedral Archer Project, C/O Sheffield Cathedral, S1 1HA, or visit Archer Project