- 31,333 households were assessed as homeless in 2019/20, a 4% increase on 2018/19.
- There were 51,365 people in these households, including 35,654 adults and 17,711 children.
- ‘Asked to leave’ and ‘Household disputes’ were the most common reasons for making an application.
- 2,884 households reported at least one household member sleeping rough in 3 months prior to application. 1,643 slept rough the night before their application.
- 33% of main applicants were aged 25 to 34, 30% were 35 to 49, 23% 16 to 24 and 14% 50 or over.
- 66% of households were single person households. 28% included children.
- 86% of main applicants were of White ethnicity.
- 51% of households had at least one support need.
- There were 11,665 households in temporary accommodation at 31st March 2020, a 6% increase on the previous year.
- There were 7,280 children in temporary accommodation at 31st March 2020.
- Households who used temporary accommodation spent 184 days in temporary accommodation on average. Households containing children were likely to spend more time in temporary accommodation than those without.
- There were 4,595 instances of households not being offered temporary accommodation in 2019/20.
- There were 500 breaches of the unsuitable accommodation order in 2019/20.
- 61% of temporary accommodation in use at 31st March 2020 was in the social sector.
- 36% of households did not use temporary accommodation. 35% had one temporary accommodation placement, 17% had two placements and 12% had three or more.
- 6% of households assessed as homeless had been assessed in the previous 12 months, 12% in previous three years and 15% in previous five years.
- 82% of households assessed as homeless secure settled accommodation at the end of their application.
- It took 16 days on average for an application to be assessed, and 224 days from assessment to closure for applications assessed as homeless.