CIH Cymru welcomes latest figures on homelessness
The statistics outline the number of households presenting as homeless to local authorities.
CIH Cymru welcomes today’s homelessness figures which reflect that the new approach to addressing homelessness in Wales is having a tangible impact on people’s lives. The provisions for local authorities to work with those at risk of homelessness earlier, undertake actions to alleviate the situation, and work more closely with the private rented sector are combining to offer greater flexibility in identifying solutions.
Some of our members have reported concerns that the approach requires a considerable amount of time from local authority homelessness teams to be successful. With an increasing case load as demonstrated in today’s release, where an increase of 2,082 households were assessed as threatened with homelessness compared to 2015/16, they say there is a significant challenge in continuing the improvement.
We remain optimistic that exploring new approaches in Wales, such as Housing First, will amplify the sector’s ability to address homelessness and rough sleeping. However, we feel that this is overshadowed by the impact of welfare reform. The Local Housing Allowance cap and more specifically the application of the Shared Accommodation Rate when it is introduced in 2019 will leave single people under 35 with significant challenges in meeting their housing costs as some people may be placed at risk of becoming homeless or require the use of costly temporary accommodation.