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It is a problem in Devon:
Homeless in Devon
Homelessness and, in particular, rough sleeping is often viewed as a problem which only exists in large cities. However, there is a significant number of people homeless and rough sleeping in Devon, not just in the larger urban areas such as Exeter and Plymouth, but also in the more rural and remote parts of the county. The South West along with London has the highest incidence of rough sleeping per 1,000 households. In a recent study in Exeter and North Devon a high number of rough sleepers were found to be on the autistic spectrum.
Homelessness can have a considerable impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing. It is also a complex issue that crosses departmental and organisational boundaries, covering health, social care, housing, criminal justice systems and welfare services.
Homelessness « Devon Health and Wellbeing
The Church in Exeter lists several helpful organisations, including:
Citizens' Advice Bureau in Sidmouth:
Citizens Advice Service East Devon
Housing Needs Section at the District Council:
East Devon District Council - Housing
www.exeter.anglican.org/assets/downloads/yourchurch_downloads/Serve Your Community/Homelessness/Homeless in Devon.pdf
The District Council has invested in new social housing in Axminster:
East Devon District Council - News
East Devon District Council - Devon Home Choice scheme
and in housing association flats in Sidmouth:
Futures Forum: Affordable housing in Sidmouth: DCH and EDDC
There has been encouragement in the Autumn Statement:
Autumn statement paves way for councils to build new homes | UK news | The Guardian
However, there is less social housing being built:
Ministers ‘breaking promise over new council homes’ - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
And the South-West might lose its social housing anyway:
Unease at Osborne's council housing sell-off if rural Westcountry areas picked clean | Western Morning News
Is the issue: 'Not enough affordable housing'?
Here’s an example. The Heygate Estate at the Elephant & Castle used to have over 1,500 council homes. They have now being demolished to make way for over 2,500 new homes. Southwark Council insists that 25 per cent will be “affordable”, but the number of social rented homes is just 79. How can this be?
Well, with no clear definition and a lot of fudging, anything is possible. So we get a plethora of “low-cost homes”, “intermediate homes”, “key workers”, “shared ownership” - sufficient to give anyone nightmares.The Government did define one thing. It has stated that an “affordable rent” is “80 per cent of open market rent”. This is an even faster moving feast, as rents in some parts of the country keep rising.
What even is affordable housing? - Comment - Voices - The Independent
Conditions are right for the large-scale social housing that the UK urgently needs. Why wait? - Editorials - Voices - The Independent
It’s taken politicians long enough to realise the scale of the housing problem. Now, we must act quickly - Comment - Voices - The Independent
Housing double whammy: A whole generation ‘won’t be able to buy or rent a home’ - Home News - UK - The Independent
Going hungry in the Sid Valley is also an issue:
Food in the bank - Letters - Sidmouth Herald
St John’s School nets meaty food bank donation - Education - Sidmouth Herald
Sid Valley Food Bank demand is ‘frightening’ - News - Sidmouth Herald
Futures Forum: Poverty in Sidmouth: Sid Valley Food Bank: "demand has quadrupled in just a year"