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Homelessness

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN HL5796, tabled on 31 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their homelessness statistics, updated on 27 January, which show that 222,360 households have become homeless since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, what steps they are taking to assist homeless people.

Answered on

14 February 2022

The Government is committed to tackling homelessness in all its forms. The Homelessness Reduction Act is helping more people get help sooner to prevent homelessness, and since it came into force nearly 450,000 households have had their homelessness successfully prevented or relieved through securing accommodation for more than 6 months. In 2021-22 Local Authorities received £375 million through the Homelessness Prevention Grant - a £112 million increase on the previous year - which can be used to offer financial support for people to find a new home, to work with landlords to prevent evictions, or to provide temporary accommodation to ensure families have a roof over their head. This includes a one-off £65 million to help support vulnerable renters with Covid-19 related rent arrears to avoid eviction or find a new home in order to prevent homelessness. The Government will be spending over £2 billion to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping over the next 3 years, with multi-year funding enabling local partners to better plan services and maximise efficiencies - demonstrating our commitment to build on recent progress.