August 8, 2022
Statistics from the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities show that 466 households in East Riding applied for council assistance after being displaced from April 2020 to the end of September 2021. Photo: PA Images

The Housing Charity Shelter said the CoVID-19 crisis has left thousands of families homeless across the country, and rising living costs now put more people at risk.

Statistics from the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities show that 466 households in East Riding sought help from the council after being displaced between April 2020 and the end of September 2021.

Of these, 213 were families with children.

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Across England, 222,360 households have been displaced since April 2020 – the largest city in East Riding of Yorkshire.

Shelter said that if someone is repeatedly homeless in 18 months, they will appear in the statistics several times – although the charity estimates that this is a very small number.

Osama Bhatta, director of campaigns at the shelter, said the epidemic had been “cruelty” to struggling families, despite concerns such as a ban on evictions and a £ 20 universal credit lift.

He added: “Now that the cost of living is rising and all reservations are gone, even more people will be at risk of losing their homes.

“The economic effects of the epidemic have exposed the real cost of decades of failure to build the social homes we need, leaving them in millions of unsafe homes that they can barely afford.”

Bailiff-imposed evictions were banned for a large part of the epidemic – a measure introduced by the government to prevent tenants from becoming homeless – although in England the ban is 31. May was removed.

The latest figures, compiled from the first three full months after the lifting of the ban on evictions, show that between July and September 2021, 36,510 British households became homeless – an average of 397 per day.

In East Riding, 105 households needed assistance because they were homeless at the time – up from 85 in the same period in 2020.

And Crisis said that even more people across England are “slipping through the cracks” that are not included in the figures.

Francesca Albani, acting director of policy and foreign affairs at Crisis, said: “The epidemic has shown us how important a home is to one person, yet thousands of people are left without a safe and secure place to call home. has been given.

“People are struggling now because the safety net for epidemics, such as the ban on evictions and the universal credit uplift, has been withdrawn.

“It also comes at a time when even more people are at risk of becoming homeless as the cost of the crisis of life squeezes household finances to a break point.”

The Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities said its initiatives have helped keep thousands of people at home.

A spokesman added: “Government interventions have prevented the displacement of approximately 450,000 households since 2017, with an additional £ 316 million in aid this year, and we will make it as soon as possible without error. We will also end the eviction. “

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