'Long-term rough sleeping in Havering effectively ended', claims housing officer

Two rough sleepers were found when Havering Council and other organisations took part in the annual

The borough’s assistant director of housing demand said the last entrenched rough sleeper accepted an offer of accommodation in October - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Long-term rough sleeping in Havering has been “effectively brought to an end”, a committee heard. 

Havering Council's assistant director of housing demand made the claim in a report to a health and wellbeing board meeting on Wednesday, January 26. 

Darren Alexander told the board that the last entrenched rough sleeper – who had been staying in a salt bin by the Angel Way car park – had accepted an offer of accommodation in October. 

Havering received 2,536 homelessness approaches in the 2020/21 financial year, of which 871 were caused by family or friend eviction, 390 by private eviction and 266 by domestic abuse. 

Domestic abuse-related demand was 194 per cent higher for 2020/21 than for 2019/20, with December seeing demand 650pc higher in 2020 than in the year prior before the outbreak of Covid-19. 

Mr Alexander noted there had been a rise in referrals from other public bodies – 235 in 2020/21 compared with 87 in 2019/20 – and particularly praised the probation service and hospitals for their support.

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