The threat of being homeless forced more than 1,000 households to go to Kirklees Council for emergency housing help in just six months, the latest figures reveal.
Data from the second half of 2018 shows a total of 1,018 households were accepted as homeless or at risk of homelessness – more than five each day.
Of those, 230 households that needed council support with housing were single women with children. That compares to just 22 who were single men with children.
The figures were published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities of Local Government.
They show that in a further 205 cases, the household facing homelessness was made up of a single woman without children.
That means single women – with or without children – make up 42.7% of all homelessness cases in Kirklees.
Councils have to assess all people who approach them saying they have been made homeless, or are about to be made homeless.
In a minority of cases the council may decide that the household is not at risk of homelessness within 56 days, and refuse to provide assistance. People can also be turned down if they refuse an offer of accommodation.
If a household is entitled to help, the council must either provide suitable accommodation - through its own stock, or a private or not-for-profit landlord - or provide help that “is sufficient to secure accommodation”.
A “household” can be either a single person without children, or a single parent, or a couple, or a couple with children.
Ellie Coteau, spokesperson from The Welcome Centre, said:
We support many people in the Huddersfield area who are homeless.This extends beyond people who are street homeless; many of those we support are 'hidden homeless', sofa surfing with friends and family.In 2018, we received more than 900 referrals for people homeless or vulnerably housed, that's one in ten of our food bank referrals.We work in partnership with other charities and agencies in Huddersfield to provide joined up support to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including the Mission, Simon on the Streets, One Big Family, and Kirklees Council's newly established Housing Solutions Rough Sleepers Team.
Across England, some 66,960 households were found to be owed a duty of help between July and September last year.
That fell to 61,410 between October and December.
Some 15,020 had lost, or were losing, their previous home because they were being kicked out by family or friends. A further 13,830 were coming to the end of a private rented tenancy.
In 5,380 cases, domestic violence was a factor in the household losing their previous home.
Article from the Examiner Huddersfield.