Homelessness: Scale of housing crisis in Camden and Haringey exposed by charity report

Homelessness is on the rise in the borough. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Homelessness is on the rise in the borough. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Haringey has the second highest rate of homelessness of any local authority in the UK, while Camden is the third worst when it comes to the number of rough sleepers.

This is according to a new report from national homelessness charity Shelter based on official statistics gathered in the year to November 2018. Only Newham has a higher rate of homelessness than Haringey. This figure is based on the number of people estimated as living in temporary accommodation in the borough added to the number found to be sleeping rough at the last official count.

One in 29 Haringey citizens do not have a permanent home, and over 9,200 people in the borough are estimated to be in temporary accommodation.

The report also shows that the number of rough sleepers in Camden – 127 according to last year’s figures – is only beaten in Brighton and the City of Westminster. The overall homelessness rate is lower as the borough only has around 1,100 people in temporary accommodation.

Figures for rough sleepers are taken based on a count from a single night, so are not necessarily representative of the overall picture.

A spokesperson for Haringey Council said: “No one should have to face homelessness, it is part of a London-wide housing crisis that we all must work together to address.

“Providing good quality housing is one of the key priorities in Haringey. At the centre of our plans to address this, we are working to deliver 1,000 new council homes by 2022.

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“We are also working with partners to provide a range of additional support for people sleeping rough, including an emergency crash pad, following an £800,000 funding boost from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.”

Haringey confirmed at the end of September 2018 it was accommodating 2994 homeless households in temporary accommodation.

Camden’s council leader, Cllr Georgia Gould, said the town hall was aware of the need to do more.

“As a borough, we always endeavour to help all those who find themselves in this predicament with support into housing in Camden or to reconnect to support in their home area and start rebuilding their lives away from the chaotic street setting.

“We have invested £1.7 million in council money to fund our own innovative approaches to address these issues.”

Camden is set to launch a brand new homelessness and rough sleeping strategy this Monday (December 3).

Ben Tovey, Shelter’s service manager in our area said: “It’s unforgivable that thousands of people in the south east have been swept up by the housing crisis and now have no place to call home. These new figures show that homelessness is having a devastating impact on the lives of people right across the region.

“Shelter’s services have never been more needed. That’s why we’re asking the public to support us this winter so that we can answer as many calls as possible and have trained advisers on hand when people need them most.”