Homeless families in Erewash are being placed temporarily in B&Bs for more than three months.
Figures released by Erewash Borough Council show that, in the three months from October 2018, 17 families were placed in temporary accommodation – of which 14 were in B&Bs.
Most were housed for less than a month but three families were in temporary accommodation for more than three months.
A report on homelessness published by the authority, ahead of a scrutiny committee meeting on Thursday, (March 28) says: “The aim is to ensure accommodation that reflects the needs of the client is found as quickly as possible after placement.”
From October to December 2018, the council took on cases for 63 clients who either were homeless or were imminently at risk of becoming homeless.
Of these, the most frequent reason for approaching the council was the end of a private rented tenancy with 18 cases, followed by 16 incidents in which family were no longer willing or able to accommodate their relative.
During the same period, the council prevented or “relieved” 66 people from homelessness – almost half of which, some 31, were placed in supported housing.
Under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, the council has a duty to assist individuals and families who are homeless or threatened with homelessness within 56 days.
Last July, the Local Democracy Reporting Service revealed that, although the borough council had seen an increase in requests from residents fearing homelessness, 100 fewer families were prevented from doing so.
From April 2016 to March 2017, 1,045 inquiries regarding homelessness were made to the authority – with 424 cases opened and 259 households prevented from becoming homeless.
Meanwhile from April 2017 to March 2018, 1,137 inquiries were made, 222 new cases were opened and 159 households were prevented from becoming homeless.
Erewash Borough Council was approached for comment, but had not responded at the time of this article’s publication.