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Report highlights plight of homelessness in Harlow

News / Wed 15th Nov 2017 at 11:42am

Homeless

OVER the next few months, we will be looking at the plight of homelessness and housing in Harlow.

A recent report by Shelter rated Harlow in 31st place in the United Kingdom.

There are 681 people living in temporary accomodation. Seventy are sleeping rough.

This is small compared to an area such as Newham, that has 13,561 persons in temporary accomodation.

Why is that relevant? Because over the next few months,, we want to find out if there is a hidden world of people living in temporary accomodation across the town.

What is the relationship between housing in Harlow and accomodation across the town?

This accomodation may or may not be Redstone House, Terminus House, Elizabeth Way and River Way. So we will also be looking at why office developments appear to now be turning into housing.

There may also be the question of The Oasis Hotel in Old Harlow which has, we understand, clients from over twelve councils.

Temporary accommodation is used for people that councils have a ‘duty’ to house as they are ‘vulnerable’, families with young children, physically or mentally handicapped, or elderly. So they need support. We will see what is true and what is not.

The full report can be found at..

River Way is a total abuse of the planning system. Changing office accommodation to residential is a ‘permitted development’ and does not need planning permission but still subject to building regulations and a fire certificate. But it is totally isolated from shops, employment, entertainment – and schools. I noticed an Asian family trudging up from Edinburgh Way on their way to that academy opposite Hornbeams.

Temporary accommodation is used for people that councils have a ‘duty’ to house as they are ‘vulnerable’, families with young children, physically or mentally handicapped, or elderly. So they need support. I am reliably informed there was a suicide there recently of a young mum. leaving a 4 year old toddler.

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