EXCLUSIVE: 1 in 10 social housing bids met in Sheffield

Families and homeless charities are reportedly under pressure after a shortage of housing in Sheffield.

Children’s charities such as Roundabout are said to be under increasing pressure to cope with the number of homeless people in the city.

Clare Collingworth from the children’s homeless charity said: “Quite often people think that being homeless means that you’re sleeping rough, but it can be all sorts of things- it’s what we call the hidden homeless.

“People might be sofa surfing, sleeping on a relative’s or a friend’s sofa, but not having permanent place to stay makes it hard for people to hold down a job and just feel comfortable in their lives.”

To tackle the housing crisis, Sheffield City Council are running schemes such as ‘Houses to Homes’, which encourage people to report empty properties that can be used.

‘Purpose and Repair Scheme’ is another program where property owners can sell their house to the council, for them to be redeveloped as social housing.

 

In a study by Shelter, every family in this kind of temporary accommodation lived within a single room, with a quarter having no access to a kitchen and a third having to share a bed with their children.

Many families who are left without a permanent home are forced to take emergency shelter in B&Bs and hostels according to the charity.

The report states that 128,000 children will be homeless this Christmas.

Sheffield City Council have been contacted for further comment.