Homelessness risk on the rise in Darlington

The Advertiser Series: AT RISK: The risk of homelessness in Darlington is on the rise, but actual homelessness remains low AT RISK: The risk of homelessness in Darlington is on the rise, but actual homelessness remains low

ALMOST 2,000 people contacted council chiefs to say they are at risk of homelessness in the last year, it has been revealed.

The figures, reported by Councillor Veronica Copeland at a full meeting of Darlington Borough Council, represent an 11 per cent increase in such inquiries, she told colleagues.

Coun Copeland, cabinet member for adult social care and housing, told members that although the number of people officially reported as homeless in the town is low – recent figures showed there were as few as five people in emergency accommodation – the number of people needing support to stay off the streets was rising.

She said: “We are seeing an increase in homelessness. People on the edge of being able to afford their rent are unable to cope with uncertain changes to their income.

“Much of the increase is due to people recognising they are getting into difficulties and coming forward.

“Many are being sensible and coming for appropriate help and advice before they are finally homeless.”

The council’s housing team work closely with other homeless services in the town, including the 700 Club, which offers hostel accommodation, emergency bed and breakfast places and a deposit guarantee service to help people secure private accommodation.

Coun Copeland added: “We are very fortunate that we have staff who are proactive but we have had about 2,000 people come forward to declare themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“With support we have been able to put them in accommodation or help them to stay where they are.

“That’s why we only have five people officially classed as homeless but we have many more at risk of homelessness.”

Coun Copeland confirmed that rent for council house tenants would increase by £3.29 a week to fund improvement and refurbishment works to the housing stock.

The next phase of improvement works will be carried out to council houses in the Red Hall area of Darlington.

Coun Copeland said the rise had the support of the Tenants' Board, with funding also available for adaptations to help elderly people stay in their homes independently for longer and support for those in fuel poverty.

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2:44pm Mon 3 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

And yet we still welcome foreigners in with open arms.

WE ARE FULL!
And yet we still welcome foreigners in with open arms. WE ARE FULL! thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
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3:39pm Mon 3 Mar 14

BMD says...

Thats a great sucess rate 2,000 people come forward to declare themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness and recent figures showed there were as few as five people are in emergency accommodation!
Thats a great sucess rate 2,000 people come forward to declare themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness and recent figures showed there were as few as five people are in emergency accommodation! BMD
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3:39pm Mon 3 Mar 14

andygib263 says...

thetruthyoucanthandl
ethetruth
wrote:
And yet we still welcome foreigners in with open arms.

WE ARE FULL!
Racism at its best
[quote][p][bold]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth[/bold] wrote: And yet we still welcome foreigners in with open arms. WE ARE FULL![/p][/quote]Racism at its best andygib263
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3:53pm Mon 3 Mar 14

BMD says...

andygib263 wrote:
thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth wrote: And yet we still welcome foreigners in with open arms. WE ARE FULL!
Racism at its best
I guess you have never encountered racism. Therefore you are not even qualified to comment.
[quote][p][bold]andygib263[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth[/bold] wrote: And yet we still welcome foreigners in with open arms. WE ARE FULL![/p][/quote]Racism at its best[/p][/quote]I guess you have never encountered racism. Therefore you are not even qualified to comment. BMD
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4:52pm Mon 3 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

andygib263 wrote:
thetruthyoucanthandl

ethetruth
wrote:
And yet we still welcome foreigners in with open arms.

WE ARE FULL!
Racism at its best
I always have a chuckle when brain dead to$$ers like you throw the racism card around.

And if my previous comment makes me a racist then so be it. I'm a racist and proud to be.
[quote][p][bold]andygib263[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth[/bold] wrote: And yet we still welcome foreigners in with open arms. WE ARE FULL![/p][/quote]Racism at its best[/p][/quote]I always have a chuckle when brain dead to$$ers like you throw the racism card around. And if my previous comment makes me a racist then so be it. I'm a racist and proud to be. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
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5:25pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Homshaw1 says...

2000 people in danger of homelessness in a place the size of Darlington in 2014 is unacceptable and impacts on everyone. I don't want people in subways begging for money or to see under 25s in danger because of welfare cutbacks. We are heading for a divided society
2000 people in danger of homelessness in a place the size of Darlington in 2014 is unacceptable and impacts on everyone. I don't want people in subways begging for money or to see under 25s in danger because of welfare cutbacks. We are heading for a divided society Homshaw1
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2:02am Tue 4 Mar 14

SirLance says...

Open doors to immigration, many coming to the UK from poorest eastern Europe! The 'nanny state's answer ' We have to house them , feed them and support them'. Who pays?--- the UK taxpayer, ---who wins? the immigrants and the house owners who have the councils paying top rent for their previously run down properties! Steady and endless state cash coming in every week for housing the homeless ! Rule Britannia! LOL!
Open doors to immigration, many coming to the UK from poorest eastern Europe! The 'nanny state's answer ' We have to house them , feed them and support them'. Who pays?--- the UK taxpayer, ---who wins? the immigrants and the house owners who have the councils paying top rent for their previously run down properties! Steady and endless state cash coming in every week for housing the homeless ! Rule Britannia! LOL! SirLance
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10:22am Wed 5 Mar 14

Yemen says...

andygib263 wrote:
thetruthyoucanthandl

ethetruth
wrote:
And yet we still welcome foreigners in with open arms.

WE ARE FULL!
Racism at its best
xenophobia not racism... they clearly discriminate equally to all races (apart from their own)
[quote][p][bold]andygib263[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth[/bold] wrote: And yet we still welcome foreigners in with open arms. WE ARE FULL![/p][/quote]Racism at its best[/p][/quote]xenophobia not racism... they clearly discriminate equally to all races (apart from their own) Yemen
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