Haringey third in ranking of England’s homelessness hotspots
16:53 01 December 2016
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Haringey has the third-highest proportion of homeless residents in England, new figures have revealed.
The charity Shelter estimates that 9,469 – or one in every 28 – people in the borough are currently without a permanent home, behind only Newham and Westminster.
Of those 9,469 people, 9,447 are living in temporary accommodation and 22 are sleeping rough.
In neighbouring Barnet, the estimated number of homeless people is 7,719 – the eleventh-highest in England.
That means one out of every 48 people in Barnet is homeless, with 7,740 of them in temporary accommodation and 21 sleeping rough.
Camden, meanwhile, is considerably further down the rankings.
It is in 34th place, with 1,353 people without a home – 1,338 of them in temporary accommodation and 15 on the streets.
One in every 160 people in the borough is therefore homeless.
The total number of homeless people in England is estimated to be 255,000.
Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “Hundreds of thousands of people will face the trauma of waking up homeless this Christmas. Decades in the making, this is the tragic result of a nation struggling under the weight of sky-high rents, a lack of affordable homes, and cuts to welfare support.”
He added: “We all face the consequences when so many in our country grow up without a place to call home. It breaks up communities and wreaks havoc on family life. For the sake of future generations we must pull together to end this crisis, and refuse to rest until every child has a place to call home.”
Shelter’s co-founder Des Wilson said he hoped the charity – which is marking its 50th year – could provoke a similar reaction today as it did in the 1960s.
“I hope the country will respond to its urgent rallying call with the same combination of anger and compassion with which it supported our work all those years ago,” he said.