Recent government figures on homelessness show that in the last year alone, 59,260 households were accepted as homeless by their local council – a rise of 22% over the last 5 years.
The loss of a private tenancy remains the single biggest cause of homelessness, with 18,750 households becoming homeless after an eviction from a privately rented home in 2016
Since 2011, the rise in the number of households evicted from a privately rented home has accounted for 78% of the rise in homelessness.
Responding to the figures, interim chief executive of Shelter Graeme Brown said “The rise in homelessness lays bare the devastating impact that expensive and unstable private renting is having on people’s lives. What's worse is that behind these shocking statistics, we know there are thousands more renters living in constant fear that just one slip up - like a cut in hours or sudden rent rise – could leave them homeless.
“Every day at Shelter we hear from families experiencing the trauma of homelessness because, no matter how hard they try, they just can’t find anywhere else to live when their rental tenancy ends. The drought of affordable homes coupled with crippling welfare cuts has made private renting simply unaffordable for too many low earners.
“In the long-term, the only solution is to fix our broken housing system by building the genuinely affordable homes we so desperately need.”