Homeless families numbers are rising

Accommodation Concern: Kettering: Charity helping people with housing problems 'l-r Louise Hodgkinson (team leader ' advice), Julie O'Connor (strategic manager), Tina Dutton (team leader ' support), Rachel Wilson (Chief Executive) 'Wednesday 9th May 2012
Accommodation Concern: Kettering: Charity helping people with housing problems 'l-r Louise Hodgkinson (team leader ' advice), Julie O'Connor (strategic manager), Tina Dutton (team leader ' support), Rachel Wilson (Chief Executive) 'Wednesday 9th May 2012

More than 1,000 families were accepted as homeless in the county last year, the highest total for nearly a decade.

But a charity has warned that these figures are just the tip of the iceberg of the problem, despite the numbers of households which were accepted as homeless reaching 1,116 – a high point of eight years.

Chief executive of Kettering-based Accommodation Concern, Rachel Wilson, said: “The problem is getting worse, we’re constantly firefighting.

“It will continue to get worse unless more affordable accommodation becomes available and house prices don’t go up.

“We’re finding that people just have had enough – they just can’t afford to stay in their homes.”

Those classed as in priority need include those with responsibility for children, people with serious illnesses and pregnant mothers.

The latest figures, issued by the Government, show that in 2011/12, Wellingborough had 137 families accepted as without a home and in priority need of help – the highest in the north of the county.

Kettering had 41, Corby 33, and East Northamptonshire 64.

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