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Homelessness facts and figures

Find out how we are making progress in helping those who are homeless in our borough.

As a local authority, we have a duty to prevent homelessness at the earliest possible stage.

This duty is a result of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, which helped reform England's homelessness laws. 

When we cannot prevent homelessness, we have a 'relief duty' which means we will try and help you find accommodation.

This table shows the number of successful prevention and relief cases in our borough's first year since the 2017 act came into force. The figures are for April 2019 to March 2020.

Successful preventions and relief cases from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020
Prevention215
Relief155
Total370
Reasons why a person may become homeless

Causes of homelessness

Percentage of people affected by this in our borough

Family no longer willing or able to accommodate

28.12%

End of private rented tenancy - assured shorthold tenancy

22.90%

Relationship with partner ended (non-violent breakdown)

9.57%

Eviction from supported housing

8.55%

Domestic abuse

7.68%

End of social rented tenancy

5.36%

Friends no longer willing or able to accommodate

4.93%

Non-racially motivated/other motivated violence or harassment

3.77%

Left institution with no accommodation available

3.33%

End of private rented tenancy - not assured shorthold tenancy

3.19%

Fire or flood/other emergency

0.72%

Property disrepair

0.72%

Mortgage repossession

0.58%

Left HM Forces

0.29%

Other

0.14%

Racially motivated violence or harassment

0.14%

Results of measures to prevent and help homelessness

Type of accommodation 

Percentage of people helped

Private rented sector - self contained

42.70%

Supported housing or hostel

25.14%

Registered provider tenancy

10.81%

Council tenancy

10%

Staying with family

5.14%

Private rented sector - House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

5.14%

Staying with friends

0.27%

Other0.81%