CIH Cymru urges Welsh Government to protect the homelessness prevention budget
Welsh Government today released statistics outlining the number of households accepted as homelessness, reasons for homelessness and the number of households in temporary accommodation.
Homelessness was prevented for at least six months in 63% of cases where a household was assessed as being threatened with homelessness. Of those households assessed as being in priority need, 74% accepted an offer of permanent accommodation.
Commenting on the release CIH Cymru director Matt Dicks said:
“Today’s homelessness statistics, reflecting the period from April-June this year show good progress in preventing homelessness and finding housing solutions for those most in need. We know from the Welsh Government’s own recent evaluation of the revised approach that financial assistance is the main way through which local authorities are currently able to assist people in resolving their housing issue. And that support services working to help people maintain and sustain their tenancy continue to play a pivotal role.
CIH Cymru urge the Welsh Government and politicians across each party to protect the homelessness prevention budget, and the supporting people budget that enables these activities, during the forthcoming Welsh budget discussions. Without these, it seems likely that the positive progress made to date will be undermined.”