The number of people in temporary accommodation in Sheffield is increasing

The figure was revealed in the company’s latest performance report ahead of a strategy and resources committee meeting next week.

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In the report, Nicola McHugh, head of performance at the council, said a number of factors had contributed to the increase, including delays in building new homes, slow progress in getting back into service empty buildings and fewer services for people with complex needs.

Sheffield Council said the number of households in temporary accommodation had increased by 17 percent in the city over the past year.
Sheffield Council said the number of households in temporary accommodation has risen by 17% in the city over the past year.

She added that homelessness remained high, with around 300 showing up each month – this figure had also increased by 22% over the past year.

“The backlog from the pandemic persists, with additional pressure from new obligations for people experiencing domestic violence, the resumption of evictions from the private rental sector, the acute lack of affordable housing and cost of living pressures reducing resilience residents to meet their own housing need,” Ms McHugh said. “The number of households who are already in housing crisis when they approach us remains high – making prevention very difficult.”

Why the use of temporary accommodation has increased

Ms McHugh said there were a number of reasons for the increase, including empty properties taking too long to get back into service, a reduction in supported accommodation and services for people with complex needs and delays in a new construction program.

When completed, the program is expected to provide 150 new temporary accommodation units.

The Strategy and Resources Committee meeting begins at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30.

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