Published: 15th Nov 2019

More than double the number of homeless households have turned to Oldham Council for help this year compared to last year. Between April 1 to June 30, 2018, there were 67 households living in temporary accommodation in Oldham. In this same period in 2019, there were 148 households in temporary accommodation, with 146 of these currently still not placed in a permanent home. In neighbouring Manchester, nearly 1,700 people came to the council for help in September because they were already homeless, or they feared they were about to become so. According to statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, a family became homeless every hour in Greater Manchester last year. Cllr Hannah Roberts told the council: ‘The figures are shocking and show a marked increase of families in crisis in Oldham.’ ‘The actions required to address these issues must come from central government policy change … (To read the full article, subscribe below)