Homelessness has increased nationally and since 2010 the number of households in temporary accommodation has increased by more than 60%; since March 2011 the number of people who sleep rough has risen by 134%. At any one time there are as many as 4,750 people sleeping rough on the streets of England, and more than 78,000 households, including over 120,000 children, are housed by Local Authorities in temporary homelessness accommodation. In addition, there are believed to be high numbers of ‘hidden homeless’ people who are housed by family and friends in shifting circumstances, but not always captured as part of the official figures. Underpinning these upward trends are the various causes of homelessness, of which, the most important remains the supply and affordability of decent housing in the South East and South of England.
Homelessness prevention is key to developing an effective response to the problem of homelessness within Southampton. Local authorities have a long-standing responsibility to help homeless households, but the Homelessness Act 2002 imposed a further duty on them to develop strategies to prevent homelessness arising. Local authorities must develop a homelessness prevention review which sets out the levels, and likely future levels of homelessness in their district. This should include any activities which the local authority are contributing to preventing homelessness, securing accommodation or supporting the needs of the people in their district.
The 2018 Southampton Homelessness Prevention Review has been developed to better understand homelessness in Southampton and determine the extent to which the population in the district is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Ultimately, the review will inform the Southampton Homeless Prevention Strategy. The full report and the data that informed the review can be downloaded below.
Southampton Homelessness Prevention Review – June 2018 (pdf 3.19mb)
Southampton Homelessness Prevention data compendium (.xlsx 518kb)
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - Rough Sleeping Strategy August 2018