Barking and Dagenham has eighth highest rate of recorded homelessness in London
PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 November 2017
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A report out today has ranked Barking and Dagenham as eighth in a list of "homeless hotspots" in London.
One in every 37 people - 5,578 out of 206,460 - were found to be homeless in the borough over the last year, housing charity Shelter said.
The vast majority of these - 5,573 - were living in temporary accommodation [estimate based on household type] while five were sleeping rough.
Neighbouring borough Newham topped the list with one in 25 people classed as homeless.
A spokesman for Barking and Dagenham Council said it “recognises the seriousness of the issues our communities face and has in place a number of innovative initiatives to tackle a situation that is clearly of great concern” but criticised the charity’s data.
He said: “Shelter is a national homelessness charity and we respect the work that they do, but the figure for Barking and Dagenham is 1,900 households living in temporary accommodation, including children.”