Over 150 people in Sheffield are homeless, according to latest figures

More than 150 people in Sheffield are homeless, new analysis from Shelter shows.

Friday, 27th December 2019, 12:27 pm
Updated Friday, 27th December 2019, 12:45 pm
Campaigners are calling for more help to get people off the streets

With homelessness growing across the nation, the housing charity is calling for radical change to tackle a crisis that “blights lives”.

The Shelter report suggests that at least 152 people in Sheffield are homeless.

Of those, 126 were living in temporary accommodation arranged by the council at the end of March, the latest period for which data is available.

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And 26 people were sleeping rough, according to data for Autumn last year.

Across Yorkshire and the Humber, 2,700 people are estimated to be without a permanent home, while this figure stands at 280,000 across England.

The national figure includes estimates for people in temporary accommodation at the end of March, and those waiting to move out of unfit housing.

It also includes the most recent data on rough sleepers and those in homeless hostels.

Shelter says the number has increased by 23,000 since 2016, meaning one in every 200 people is now known to be without a home.

But the figures could be much higher, it says, as hidden forms of homelessness such as “sofa surfing” or overcrowded households often go unrecorded.

Chief executive Polly Neate said the analysis shows the “grim truth our new government must confront and do something radical to change”.

She added: “Homelessness blights lives and leaves a lasting imprint of trauma, and yet 280,000 people in England are without a home this Christmas. And many are only days away from joining them.

“As well as those facing serious ill health or even death sleeping rough on our streets this winter, there are thousands of families trapped in grotty emergency B&Bs, with no space for children to sit and eat, let alone play."

A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said it was supporting councils to reduce the numbers of people in temporary accommodation.

He added: "[We're] giving £1.2 billion to tackle all types of homelessness.

"Everyone should have somewhere safe to live, and councils have a duty to provide accommodation to those who need it, including families with children."