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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2004): Homelessness - UK

380,000 HOMELESS 'GOING UNRECORDED'

J. Carvel

The Guardian, July 13th 2004, p.7

The housing shortage in Britain means that some 380,000 single people are effectively homeless without being officially classified as such, the charity Crisis said today. It said the "hidden homeless" were sleeping on friends' floors, in squats or in hostels because they had no homes of their own. Unlike rough sleepers, the hidden homeless were not systematically counted by the authorities and rarely registered in the housing policy debate.

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