16th Nov, 2018

Around one in 15 in Warwickshire without permanent roof over their head

AROUND one in 15 of Warwickshire’s population do not have a permanent roof over their head.

The ‘hidden homeless’ figure has been revealed ahead of a major effort to tackle homelessness in the county.

They tend to younger people who find themselves with no place to call home. Figures estimate there are around 33,400 adults in Warwickshire sofa surfing or living in temporary accommodation such as b&bs.

And the latest figure for those sleeping rough in the county in 2017 was just under 50, ten more than in the previous year.

Warwickshire County Council – which recently allocated £300,000 to help combat the problem – is holding a conference in September to explore issues contributing to homelessness, which can include childhood trauma, mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction.

Wellbeing spokesperson Coun Les Caborn said: “Preventing homelessness is a challenge across Warwickshire, and I am very pleased that we are working with our partners, in particular district and borough councils and NHS colleagues, to address the various factors that can increase someone’s likelihood of becoming homeless, as well as reaching out to people who are already homeless to offer practical support.

“The conference in September represents an important opportunity for all the stakeholders involved in tackling this countywide issue to come together, share information and gain a wider understanding of each other’s duties and services.”

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