Published: 2nd Oct 2020

Shelter has warned ‘deep inequality and systemic racism’ persists in the housing system, after new figures show black people are three times as likely to experience homelessness. According to the latest set of official figures, black people are disproportionately affected by homelessness with one in 23 black households becoming homeless or threatened with homelessness, versus one in 83 households from all other ethnicities combined. The government figures also show that 11% of homeless people applying for help are black even though black people make up 3% of households in England. And a quarter (24%) of people making homelessness applications to local councils are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups, even though they make up just over a tenth (11%) of all households in England. ‘On the first day of Black History Month, it is vital we address the deep inequality and systemic racism that persists in the housing … (To read the full article, subscribe below)