Homelessness up

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THE number of people in Mid Suffolk requiring housing help from the council has nearly doubled.

The figures, released in a report by Cllr Marilyn Curran, show the number of households who applied for housing due to homelessness.

Between April and November 2010, 69 households applied, compared with 38 for the same time period in 2009.

In November 2010, of those 69, 36 were accepted for housing and 18 were considered not to be homeless. Eight of those applications were considered not to be a priority and three were considered as ‘intentionally homeless’.

Six households are currently accepted as homeless and await an accommodation offer.