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homelessness

having no home, now the subject of legislation in England and Wales and Scotland, and having a technical signification not always congruent with the ordinary meaning of the word. The thrust of the legislation is to focus upon accommodation, and homelessness is the lack of such accommodation. The risk of violence or abuse can render a person in a home, homeless. Local authorities have to provide accommodation for the homeless but not the intentionally homeless, a critical concept around which much of the reported litigation turns. Some homeless people are accorded a priority need in applying for council housing, such as pregnant women.
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Communities can also choose to implement a joint PiT count and registry week, which helps the community to create a by-name list of individuals experiencing homelessness.
Once the Homelessness Reduction Act is law councils must assess and agree plans for people at risk of homelessness within 56 days, rather than the current 28 days.
In 2016, the authority was named as one of three Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers.
The solution to homelessness is essentially housing," Nan Roman, MA, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, told The Nation's Health.
Mr Vaughan-Thomas said: "My report today highlights that despite the positive intentions of the Welsh Government to prevent homelessness, local authorities continue to focus on managing people in crisis rather than stopping them getting into crisis in the first place.
The homelessness crisis is not being properly tackled, the auditor general warns ANDREW TEEBAY
The Government's commitment to eliminate rough sleeping by 2027 will only address the "tip of the iceberg", said the MPs, adding that there was an "unacceptable shortage" of realistic housing options for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness.
It added that the homelessness crisis has been growing for some time, since 2010 the number of households in temporary accommodation, for example, has increased by more than 60 percent, and since March 2011 the number of people who sleep rough has risen by 134 percent.
And a quarter of those who own their own homes believe that they, or someone they know, could experience homelessness.
The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Implementation Taskforce and the Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel, together with the three Housing First pilots, are important steps in making that happen.
They said it provided the most complete picture to date of the worst forms of homelessness, including rough sleeping and sofa surfing.
It found that 159,900 households nationwide, around 236,000 people in total, were experiencing a form of homelessness in 2016.