THE SIZE OF THE PROBLEM
1 in 200 people in Britain are homeless
More than 100,000 families waiting more than a decade for social housing
England needs 340,000 new homes a year until 2031 to tackle the housing shortage, including 90,000 for social rent
Rough sleeping has risen by 169% since 2010
The Homelessness Reduction Act, which was introduced in April 2018, means that local authorities and other public bodies are working together to actively prevent homelessness for people at risk.
Being based in Manchester, we noticed the huge homeless problem in the city alone and saw an opportunity to be able to work with the local authorities to help reduce the amount of people sleeping on the streets.
Many homeless people facing long waits to be housed by their local council were turning instead to unregulated housing known as “exempt accommodation”, which often has filthy and dangerous conditions.
DIVRSE are committed to helping local authorities to eradicate rough sleeping to help solve the UK crisis.
400,000 People Are Homeless Or At Risk Of Homelessness
When taking into account both homeless people and the so-called “hidden homeless” (people living in homeless shelters, temporary accommodation or sofa-surfing), BBC researchers estimate that 400,000 people in the UK are either homeless or hidden homeless.
More than 10,000 people in emergency accommodation
Statistics published by the Department of Housing showed that 10,397 people were in emergency accommodation in the UK in September 2019. This was made up of 6,524 adults and 3,873 children.
Wayne Stanley, the national spokesman for the Simon Communities homeless charity, said the statistics had shown how “quickly these things become normalised”, adding that the fact that more than 10,000 people were living in emergency accommodation has “lost its shock value”.
This demand means there is continual pressure on local councils, which is why we are working alongside them to provide emergency and temporary accommodation to those that need it.
The housing stock shortage driving homelessness is an epidemic and we're consistently working on bringing ‘fit for purpose’ housing stock to the market that’s affordable and sustainable.
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