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Homelessness crisis? What homelessness crisis?

Homelessness crisis? What homelessness crisis? (Refuge / Emergency Accommodation)

News by administrator @, Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 16:17

When journalists are faced with a story that doesn't fit the accepted script, they tend to bin it - to pretend it hasn't happened.

That may be why recent government figures showing a big fall in homelessness received pretty much zero coverage.

We have been constantly told that it stands to reason: recession = more people homeless. So the alternative story was spiked.

It is, I admit, unexpected. I am at a housing conference in Harrogate today, and when I told delegates about the statistics, jaws dropped. They didn't know. It didn't compute.

• a 15% fall in people declaring themselves homeless to the local councils in England between January and March compared with the same period in 2008;
• a 26% fall in the number accepted as homeless;
• and the proportion of that dwindling number of cases which were down to people defaulting on their mortgage is also down - less than 3%, lower than at any time since 2007.

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