Less than 1 in 4 homeless housed by government scheme are in permanent housing, figures show
Less than one in four homeless people who were housed by the Government’s Everyone In scheme have been successful in moving into permanent accommodation, according to latest figures published by the BBC.
At the end of March last year, the Government informed the country about its new Everyone In scheme, which aimed to put a roof over the head of everyone on the streets in England by working with local councils to provide accommodation.
Initially, £3.2 million was pledged to fund the scheme, which saw homeless people moved into spots like empty hotels to reduce the spread of the virus and keep them safe.
As of January this year, 37,000 rough sleepers had been provided with a place to stay during the pandemic.
However, housing charity Shelter has warned that many of these homeless people are still in temporary accommodation – or may even be back on the streets.
After a Freedom of Information (FOI) request was submitted by the charity to every local authority in England, it was found that over three quarters of those initially accommodated (around 29,000 people) were in emergency or temporary accommodation or were likely to have returned to live on the streets.
In response, the Government has said these figures are “misleading” and that it will “build on the progress made” by the scheme.
They are set to do this by providing more than £750 million this year in a bid to put a stop to homelessness and rough sleeping.
Despite this, Shelter has warned that the gains from the “watershed” scheme are at risk of being “squandered” if the Government does not ensure that accommodation becomes permanent.
Shelter’s chief executive, Polly Neate, said: “We’re gravely concerned that with funding for Everyone In running out, and councils returning to ‘business as usual’, we will see people forced out onto the streets.
“It would be a travesty if we allowed rough sleeping to slide back to pre-pandemic levels.
“The government needs to get a grip on this situation urgently and look at what comes next.”