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Homelessness York drops dramatically in recent years.


3:01pm 9th January 2011

The number of people accepted as homeless in York has fallen dramatically over the past seven years according to new figures.
The figures were released as part of an answer to a question at the last Full Council in December and show a big drop in the number of homeless people, from 460 in 2003/04 to 130 in 2009/10. They also show a big drop in the number of people in temporary accommodation.
Year         Homeless     No's in Temporary Accommodation
2003/4       460               242 (31st Dec 2004)
2004/5       424               259 (31st March 2005)
2005/6       433               233 (31st March 2006)
2006/7       214               207 (31st March 2007)
2007/8       258               209 (31st March 2008)
2008/9       208               167 (31st March 2009)
2009/10     130               79   (31st March 2010)
New figures also show that the 2008 introduction of the Housing Options Service, which moved the emphasis towards early intervention and prevention has increased the number of homelessness cases prevented.
In 2008/09 645 cases of homelessness were prevented, while in 2009/10 after the change in the service that figure rose to 1076.
Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Housing, Councillor Ann Reid says:

"A great deal of progress had been made in preventing homelessness over the past few years."
"York has had an excellent record in reducing the number of homeless people in the City over the last 7 years. Figures were at an all time record low at the end of March 2010."
"We are not complacent though and recognise that the state of the economy does influence the figures, and that peaks can occur, particularly in the winter months."
"We will continue to work with partners such as the Arclight and the Peasholme centres to protect the most vulnerable and will always be looking to reduce the figures even further."
"Even one person homeless is one too many but the huge decrease is due to the proactive work that the Homeless team does, day in day out, to ensure that the minimum number of people find themselves in need of temporary accommodation."
Councillor Reid said increasing the amount of available affordable housing was key to reducing homelessness. She said, "Work on the first new Council houses in the City for a generation on Lilbourne Drive starts in a few weeks time. Schemes like Derwenthorpe will also be a big boost to affordable housing in the city. It is initiatives like this which really address the underlying cause of homelessness."

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