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Revealed: The extent of homelessness across the south west

Revealed: The extent of homelessness across the south west

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:45pm 22nd November 2018.

It has been revealed that more than 10,500 people are homeless across the south west.

Plymouth has been named as one of the hotspots in a new report.

Officials say it is being made worse by things like high rents, frozen benefits, and a shortage of social housing.

Charity Shelter say the figure lays bare the true scale of the region's housing crisis, despite repeated Government pledges to tackle the problem.

The charity mapped the top five hotspots in the region with the highest levels of homelessness.

Bristol topped the list where one in 48 people are homeless and sleeping on the streets or stuck in temporary accommodation, including hostels and B&Bs.

This was followed by Gloucester, Weymouth and Portland, Purbeck and Plymouth.

Now Shelter has launched an urgent appeal calling on the public to support its frontline advisers as they work to help the growing number of people trying to find or keep their home.

In its annual landmark review, the housing charity combined official rough-sleeping, temporary accommodation and social services figures.

Bosses say that as these records are not definitive, the true figure of homelessness is likely even higher.

Overall, almost 320,000 people in Britain are now homeless - an increase of 13,000 people since last year.

"It's unforgivable that thousands of people in the South West have been swept up by the housing crisis and now have no place to call home.

"These new figures show that homelessness is having a devastating impact on the lives of people right across the region.

"Due to the perfect storm of spiralling rents, welfare cuts and a total lack of social housing, record numbers of people are sleeping out on the streets or stuck in the cramped confines of a hostel room.

"We desperately need action now to change tomorrow for the hundreds of thousands whose lives will be blighted by homelessness this winter.

"Shelter's services have never been more needed. That's why we're asking the public to support us this winter so that we can answer as many calls as possible and have trained advisers on hand when people need them most."

Penny Walster, Shelter Bristol Hub Manager

You can support Shelter and the charity's appeal here.

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