Drop in numbers of people rough sleeping in Luton is welcomed

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But charity says more needs to be done

Fewer people were sleeping rough in Luton last year, latest statistics have revealed.

Government figures released by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, showed a decrease of 53% from 2020.

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Local charity Emmaus Village Carlton says the drop is thanks to recent hard work by local authorities and homelessness organisations during the Covid-19 crisis, in addition to the national ‘Everyone In’ scheme which provided temporary accommodation for those sleeping rough.

Homeless figures are down but there is still work to do says charityHomeless figures are down but there is still work to do says charity
Homeless figures are down but there is still work to do says charity

The data was collected as part of the government’s Rough Sleeping Snapshot in England.

Angela Foll, Chief Officer at Emmaus Village Carlton said: “The figures show what can be achieved when financial resources are made available, and local authorities and homelessness charities pull together. However, this isn’t a moment to sit back and celebrate. Homelessness is still all around us and so much of it is hidden. We strongly believe that these rough sleeping figures are just the visible tip of the iceberg.

“Last winter, the Everyone In scheme helped find accommodation for thousands of rough sleepers, but now the scheme has formally ended. New funds to help homeless people have been made available, but these are unlikely to be enough to stop people from falling through the net and being left out in the cold. We know that so many people are living in unsecure or unsuitable accommodation, are having to sofa surf or are doing whatever they can to stay warm and dry over the winter months.”

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Emmaus Village Carlton is a Bedfordshire charity based near Carlton. It provides a home and meaningful work for 42 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

If you or someone you know could be helped by Emmaus Village Carlton, contact the charity on 01234 720826 and ask to speak to a member of the Support Team. To find out more visit www.emmaus.org.uk/village-carlton/get-support