Number of homeless in Harlow at lowest since 2010
Charity / Fri 7th Jun 2019 am30 07:17am
HOMELESSNESS in Harlow has reached its lowest since 2010, with a reduction of 54 per cent between January 2018 and January 2019, according to figures released by Harlow charity, Streets2Homes.
In March, Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, secured £231,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to tackle homelessness in Harlow. This followed £255,000 of funding for Harlow from the MHCLG as part of the Housing Secretary’s Rough Sleeping Initiative Fund to support those sleeping rough and at risk.
Robert Halfon said: “The news from Streets2Homes that homelessness is at its lowest level since 2010 is a real step in the right direction, but we must continue the hard work to ensure that the problem of homelessness is solved for good and no one is without a home. I’m continuing to campaign for even more funding for Harlow.
“We are fortunate to have an organisation like Streets2Homes in our town – they do an incredible job of tackling homelessness in our community and this news is a testament to their hard work.”
Mrs A consistently moaning about the housing problems in the district ? Obviously she's barking up the wrong tree, as usual, why wasn't she aware that these improvements have been made, and by the efforts of R H.
This headline is misleading. It should refer to "The number of rough sleepers being the lowest since 2010". The number in need of permanent accommodation remains stubbornly high with over 250 Harlow families is temporary accommodation and over 4500 people on the Housing Needs Register. It is good news that with some additional funds from the government, Harlow Council working with Streets2Homes has been able to tackle "rough sleeping". But with regard to the wider issue of Homelessness, more needs to be done and we would welcome greater financial assistance from Government to enable the town to build both Council and truly affordable homes. We would also welcome a review of the planning legislation which currently allows developers to avoid their responsibilities for "affordable houses" on grounds of "viability". Cllr Tony Edwards Toddbrook Ward