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Homelessness ‘crisis’ hits 250,000 with no place to stay

More than a quarter of a million people in England are homeless, according to analysis from Shelter.

The charity, releasing figures to mark its 50th anniversary on Thursday, calculated that there are almost 255,000 people with no permanent home across the country.

It said homelessness ‘hotspots’ across England can be found in Brighton, Birmingham, Slough, Bristol, Coventry, Reading and Manchester, as well as in parts of London.

In Brighton and Hove, one in 69 people are homeless, according to Shelter’s estimates. In Birmingham, it is one in 119.

Shelter said in Westminster in central London, one in 25 has no permanent home, making this area England’s top homelessness hotspot.

The findings were calculated by Shelter after looking at figures from sources including government data and information from social services obtained following a freedom of information request. People sleeping rough and living in temporary accommodation were included in the findings.

Children and adults were included in the calculations, which Shelter described as conservative. The findings did not include “hidden” homelessness, such as people staying with friends.

Picture: File photo of a homeless person. (Jonathan Brady/PA).