Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission to examine rise in homelessness

By - Thursday 9th April, 2015

The Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission has announced that it is to examine the problem of homelessness in the borough

Release begins: Homelessness in Croydon is a serious issue – the Council received 2,593 homeless applicants in 2013/14, and more than 5,000 are on the waiting list for temporary accommodation.

This isn’t limited to Croydon but is a nationwide problem: figures released in a government report last week show that in the last quarter of 2014, 13,650 households were accepted for housing assistance facing the loss of a home across the UK, up six per cent from the same period in 2013. The report also showed a soaring number of people becoming homeless due to the end of assured shorthold tenancies with private landlords. In England 30 per cent of acceptances to housing assistance were due to the ending of a shorthold tenancy.

Matt Downie, of the charity Crisis, said: “More and more people are struggling to pay their rent in an increasingly insecure private rented sector.”

The Commission wants to hear your views on homelessness. What do you think the causes are and what can be done to help solve the problem? What is your experience of insecure housing or homelessness? Do you have a positive story about tackling homelessness?

Email  or call 0800 612 2182 to make a submission on this or any other issue you feel Commissioners need to be
aware of.

Release ends.

Release sender: the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission.



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