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Third of homeless people seeking help from councils left on the streets

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Charities urge Chancellor to use Wednesday’s Budget to end homelessness, with councils lacking enough available affordable housing

More than a third of homeless people who approached their councils for help either ended up back on the streets or became rough sleepers, new research has revealed.

According to a new report from the homelessness charity, Crisis, 38% of people who approached their local authority for help either remained homeless or became homeless because councils do not have enough available affordable housing.

The report, based on 984 surveys and 89 in-depth interviews with people experiencing homelessness, provides the first real insight into how the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) is working in practice since it was introduced two years ago.

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