Hundreds homeless in South Gloucestershire
More than 200 people in South Gloucestershire are homeless, a new report from housing charity Shelter shows.
The charity has described the scale of homelessness across the country as “unforgivable”, saying action needs to be taken ahead of the winter months.
Shelter's analysis of the most recent data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government shows that an estimated 209 people in South Gloucestershire are homeless.
The vast majority, 206, are in temporary accommodation, which includes those in hostel beds, living in B&Bs or with their own arrangements such as staying temporarily with different friends.
The remaining three were recorded as sleeping rough.
It means that one in every 1,333 people in South Gloucestershire are homeless.
Across the South West, one in 522 people are homeless – the fifth-highest rate of England's nine regions.
The number of homeless people in the region has dropped by 8% since 2017, in contrast to the 4% increase across Britain.
The Secretary of State for Communities, James Brokenshire, said: “No one should be left without a roof over their head, which is why we are determined to end rough sleeping and respond to the causes of homelessness.”