General Article One in three touched by homelessness

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One in three Brits have experienced homelessness or know someone who has, new research has revealed.

And with the number of homeless households having risen by 33% since 2010, the findings by umbrella body Homeless Link also show that eight out of ten believe councils should be doing more to help people.

But with homelessness soaring, the amount of support services available is shrinking.

Since 2010, 133 homeless projects have closed, over 4,000 bed spaces have been lost, the number of full-time staff in the sector has fallen by 16%, while nearly half (47%) of homeless services last year reported an average fall in investment of 17%.

The charity’s intelligence suggests investment in services could fall even further. Councils in the last six months have commonly reported cuts of between 25–40% to housing-related support budgets.

According to Homeless Link’s data, of those experiencing homelessness, 72% have mental health issues, 56% long-term physical health needs and only 6% ar...

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