Summary: The Rise Of Homelessness

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In 1949, as low as six people were found sleeping in the streets of London, the rise of homelessness started to rise in the mid 60’s. As the three leading campaign groups Crisis, Shelter and Centre-point were formed in the 60’s and the ‘housing homeless people act’ came in 1977. By the 1980s and into the early 1990s, however, homelessness was again on the rise. As things such house-price inflation, rising unemployment, a more general increase in the number of people with drink, drug and mental health problems.

When it comes to homelessness, there are three different systems that it goes under which are ‘statutory’,‘non statutory’,‘hidden homeless’ and in England, Scotland and Wales, only statutorily homeless individuals are entitled to housing.
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( 2015). An eleven per cent fall on the year before also “36 per cent were accepted as being homeless and in 'priority need.” ( 2015). If the individual fits in all the criteria they must be re-housed as soon as possible, however, it is not that easy to re-house individuals, since the economy has changed and families, the young and the elderly have to wait long periods of time to get a house and lead to them in temporary accommodation.

The term “hidden homeless” is used to describe individuals that are housed but living in conditions that are unsatisfactory ,for example, individuals living in accommodation that is overcrowded or temporarily staying with friends and sleep on the sofa also known as sofa surfing or can be at risk of facing eviction.

“62 per cent of the single homeless people surveyed were hidden homeless on the night they were surveyed and 92 per cent had experienced hidden homelessness”.(Reeve & Batty. 2011) The local authorities in London assessed the scale of ‘hidden homelessness’ by asking 437 single homeless individuals series of questions including where they had slept previous nights. The results found suggested that many of the single homeless individuals are hidden homeless as 62% of the 437 individuals were hidden homeless according to the
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The Welsh government says that it plans to ,help the homeless issue however many charities and housing experts say that the plans may not help has the increase of homelessness is on the rise for example in “12 months to March 2012, 19,530 calls for help were received from people with nowhere to live.” ( Fitzpatrick, Pawson, Bramley, StWilcox and Watts 2013). Figures released in 2014 show that £8 million was spent on temporary accommodation which also included housing benefits received from the UK government. (Henley,2014). Because of the pressure on housing stock, local authorities are becoming increasingly stringent about whom they accept as homeless: for example, someone cannot be considered as homeless if they have a spouse with somewhere to live in another

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