The 11th annual Homelessness Monitor is out and, as always, it provides an excellent overview of the current state of homelessness in England. With its combination of statistical analysis, policy review and interviews with key stakeholders, it provides as accurate a picture as we’re likely to get in the short term.
It also provides grim reading. With ‘core homelessness’ at 242,000 individuals, comprising temporary accommodation as well as sofa surfing, rough sleeping and all other severe kinds of homelessness, numbers are stark. Within that figure, the majority, at 104,510 households, covering families as well as single adults, are in various forms of temporary accommodation (TA), including 131,430 children. TA placements have more than doubled since 2010/11.
We know that the majority of those placed in TA are in unsuitable accommodation, detrimental to their physical and mental health, for extended periods of time. The use of Bed and Breakfasts, a form of temporary accommodation, has climbed steeply during 2022 and is up by 32%. At the last count, 1,840 families with children had been living in B&Bs for more than the legal limit of six weeks. Out of area placements stand at 29% of all placements. Almost half the children who become homeless are forced to move schools, and over a fifth have had to move schools multiple times.