Government figures released on Tuesday by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities show fewer people sleeping rough on the streets of Bradford compared with numbers from the previous year. The total number has dropped by just five people, whilst overall figures for Yorkshire and Humber show a 2% increase.
Emmaus Bradford says the drop may be thanks to recent hard work by local authorities and homelessness organisations, but it is likely that hidden homelessness persists.
The data was collected by Bradford Council as part of the government’s Rough Sleeping Snapshot in England.
Responding to the updated statistics, Darrell Tinsley, Chief Executive of Emmaus Bradford says: “Tuesday’s figures reflect the hard work and dedication by local homelessness organisations and the local authority in Bradford. Whilst it’s good to see the number of rough sleepers in Bradford drop, we are concerned about the reality of the figure. Homelessness is all around us and so much of it is hidden. We strongly believe that these rough sleeping figures aren’t painting the full picture.”
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