County among top 5 for home­less­ness

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

NEW fig­ures show­ing the level of home­less­ness across Wales have been re­leased – with Car­marthen­shire among the worst coun­ties.

Hous­ing char­ity Shel­ter said at least 25,937 peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enced home­less­ness across Wales in 201718 – which is 3% higher than last year.

The char­ity es­ti­mates that there were just 834 peo­ple home­less in Swansea dur­ing the year com­pared to the Wales high of 4,547 in Cardiff.

The fig­ures in­clude peo­ple who were in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion, sofa surf­ing or sleep­ing on the streets. Third on the list was Car­marthen­shire with 1,807 peo­ple, be­hind New­port on 2,228.

Shel­ter said the fig­ures re­fer to peo­ple who made a home­less­ness ap­pli­ca­tion to their lo­cal au­thor­i­ties that year, which not all home­less peo­ple would have done.

The fig­ures also do not in­clude the num­ber of peo­ple threat­ened by home­less­ness.

A Shel­ter spokes­woman said: “Home­less­ness in Wales is on the rise due to in­creas­ing rents, wel­fare re­form and a lack of so­cial hous­ing.

“Although Welsh Gov­ern­ment has done a lot in re­cent years to help pre­vent home­less­ness, we need to do more to help peo­ple who are al­ready home­less.”

“We need to break down the bar­ri­ers that are pre­vent­ing peo­ple from get­ting the homes they need.”

Shel­ter took gov­ern­ment sta­tis­tics for the num­ber of house­holds which ap­plied for help with home­less­ness with their lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, mul­ti­plied by the av­er­age house­hold size for Wales.

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