|Just when they need a ‘warm, secure home’|
The nation is facing a “ticking time bomb” in the number of homeless older people. Latest figures show an alarming rise of 130% since its lowest point 8 years ago, councils warn.
The Local Government Association says that older homelessness is a growing hidden phenomenon that needs greater understanding. Latest figures show that between April & June this year, councils accepted 620 people aged over 60 as homeless – at a rate of nearly 10 a day. The LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England & Wales, is warning that based on existing trends, this is set to double by 2025.
Older homeless people are presenting to councils with a range of complex health conditions. Physical & mental health problems, alcohol abuse and gambling problems are contributory factors in later life homelessness, along with the death of a close relative, relationship breakdown, accommodation being sold or needing repair, and rent arrears.The LGA’s new report The impact of homelessness on health, launched at its National Children & Adult Services Conference in Bournemouth, says that the rising number of older homeless will create significant extra pressures for councils, such as in providing housing and social care.