‘More than 2,000 households in temporary accommodation’
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.”