58% of Rough Sleepers In Brent Came From Private Accommodation

The latest figures reveal that 58.2 per cent of people were paying rent to private landlords before they were first seen sleeping rough in Brent.

By Anon, Brent · May 11, 2020

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Homeless man on street

Almost six in every ten homeless people in Brent came from privately rented accommodation before they were on the streets, new data can reveal.

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal that 58.2 per cent of people surveyed were paying rent to private landlords before they were first seen sleeping rough.

A total of 99 people were known to be sleeping on the streets of Brent in 2019. 

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent’s Cabinet Member for Housing & Welfare Reform, said: “Our priority is to protect anyone who is experiencing homelessness. 

“In Brent, our Single Homeless Prevention Service (SHPS) has been set up specifically to help individuals threatened with homelessness by working with them to either sustain their current home, or find them alternative accommodation. 

Anyone who is being threatened with eviction by their landlord can also contact our dedicated tenancy relations service.”

During the COVID-19 outbreak, councils and homeless charities have been tasked with making sure every rough sleeper in the capital has a roof over their heads to ensure they do not contract the coronavirus and aid its transmission.

Brent Council has secured emergency accommodation for over 100 single people who were either rough sleeping or were at risk of sleeping rough, due to temporary sofa surfing arrangements during this time.

A report, presented in a cabinet meeting on April 20, outlined how Brent Council has earmarked an extra £1 million per month over the next six months to help manage the crisis.

The council says the extra money will go towards emergency accommodation for homeless people as well as providing personal protection equipment to staff and other vital services.

The findings were sourced through a Freedom of Information Request by media literacy charity The Student View.