Homelessness could plummet by 25 per cent over the next 10 years if leaders take bold action to prevent it, according to charity Crisis.
The organisation’s annual study, carried out by Heriot Watt University, calls for continued investment in housing benefit and social housing, as well as a national roll out of the Housing First approach to homelessness which it says would prevent 60,000 individuals and families from losing their homes in England.
Taking this action could see homelessness drop below current projections by a quarter by 2031 with rough sleeping down 62 per cent and the numbers of people trapped in temporary accommodation or sofa surfing down 75 per cent and 13 per cent respectively. The Housing First approach includes giving people experiencing homelessness an unconditional tenancy followed by support in other areas of their life.
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In contrast, failure to act could carry a high price, with 246,200 families and individuals forecast to face homelessneess by 2031 – up 22 per cent on the number of households currently without somewhere secure to call home this Christmas.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “We’re now at a crucial point where homelessness could either skyrocket over the next decade or can be brought down with similar bold action to what we’ve seen this year.