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The people who are homeless in Cornwall this Christmas

The people who are homeless in Cornwall this Christmas

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 22nd December 2019.

It has been revealed that over 400 people are currently rough sleeping or in temporary accommodation in Cornwall.

It comes as a new report by Shelter shows that 7,000 people are currently homeless in the south west with many more at risk.

In the Duchy there are currently 53 people known to be sleeping on the streets, although we are warned that this could be the tip of the iceberg.

The charity's analysis of official rough-sleeping and temporary accommodation figures shows the picture of homelessness in the region 'has not improved since 2016', when the charity first published its annual report. 

For the first time, the charity's review of government data has also exposed that close to 22,000 people in the South West were threatened with homelessness in the last year. 


The charity is warning that a lot of homelessness goes undocumented, including sofa surfing and some rough sleeping. 

This means the true level of homelessness 'will be even higher than today's count'. 

"Homelessness blights lives and leaves a lasting imprint of trauma, and yet more than 7,000 people in the South West are without a home this Christmas. And many are only days away from joining them.

"As well as those facing serious ill-health or even death sleeping rough on our streets this winter, there are too many families trapped in grotty emergency B&Bs, with no space for children to sit and eat, let alone play. This is the grim truth our new government must confront and do something radical to change. 

"Until the government acts to stem this crisis, the work of our frontline advisers remains critical. With the public's support we will do everything we can to help people find a safe and stable place to live - no matter how long it takes."  

Penny Walster, Shelter Bristol Hub Manager


Shelter is warning that unless the new government takes urgent action to address the dire lack of social homes at the crux of this emergency, the situation is likely to get worse.

Alongside its bid to get more social housing built, the charity is calling on the public to support its frontline workers as they grapple with huge demand this Christmas. 

In the last year, a call was made to Shelter's emergency helpline every 44 seconds and its free webchat service was used almost 26,000 times.

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