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Temporary Accommodation

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were living in hostels at the most recent date for which figures are available. (206468)

The information requested is not held centrally.

The Homeless UK project, run by the Resource Information Service, provides information on hostels and supported accommodation for homeless people in England. There are 1,204 accommodation projects with over 57,000 bedspaces. 246 are direct access hostels with 9,000 bedspaces. Direct access hostels are short-stay emergency services aimed at rough sleepers and those in need of immediate accommodation.

Data on the number of households placed in temporary accommodation under the homelessness legislation are available in our quarterly statistical release, which provides a breakdown by type of temporary accommodation, including hostels; at the end of December 2007, there were 6,620 households placed in hostels (including women’s refuges).