‘More than 2,000 house­holds in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion’

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

ROBERT James, act­ing cor­po­rate di­rec­tor for place at Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil, said: “Birm­ing­ham has felt the im­pact of the na­tional hous­ing cri­sis more se­verely than many other ar­eas of the coun­try, partly due to the size of the city and its sur­round­ing ar­eas but also to the num­ber of home­less­ness ap­pli­ca­tions be­ing re­ceived, one of the high­est per capita in the UK.

“This is plac­ing an un­prece­dented level of de­mand on home­less­ness ser­vices. The home­less­ness pre­ven­tion strat­egy brings to­gether part­ners from across the pub­lic and third sec­tors who are in reg­u­lar di­a­logue to work to­gether to se­cure ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion for home­less house­holds.

“There are cur­rently more than 2,000 house­holds in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion and more than 11,000 peo­ple on the hous­ing reg­is­ter. This level of de­mand has also meant that while B&Bs would never be our pref­er­ence it is a nec­es­sary con­tin­gency mea­sure for those who present as home­less and with­out ac­com­mo­da­tion for that day. We will use all of the re­sources avail­able to us to pre­vent fam­i­lies from sleep­ing rough. While we will seek to move house­holds out of tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion as quickly as we can, we have just 3,000 prop­er­ties to let and there­fore it is likely that they will be in a B&B for a num­ber of weeks.”

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