A shocking rise in homelessness in the West Midlands of over 20 percent in just a year has been revealed by startling new figures. The statistics reveal 20,900 people in the West Midlands were recorded homeless in the last year, which is a rise of 22 percent on the previous year.
According to the most recent report, Coventry is currently the second worst affected region in the West Midlands with 1 in every 229 people shown to be homeless, which compares to 1 in 88 people in Birmingham and 1 in 314 people in Solihull, the first and third worst affected West Midlands areas.
A Coventry City Council spokesperson told The Coventry Observer: “We work closely throughout the year with the Salvation Army and police who engage with any homeless person to help them access hostel accommodation and other services.
“During the winter months, we also work with HOPE Coventry which operates a winter night shelter across the city that any rough sleeper can use.
“If anyone finds themselves homeless, they can visit or call the council’s customer service centre in Upper Precinct or call into the Salvation Army at the Lifehouse in Harnall Lane West.”
The Conservative Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) figures showed the number of people sleeping rough in England rose by 134 percent between 2010 and 2016.
The charity has now launched an urgent appeal for action as temperatures drop in the run-up to Christmas. To support Shelter’s urgent appeal please visit www.shelter.org.uk or text SHELTER at 70080 to donate £3.