2013…the spectre of homelessness
Thursday 27th December 2012, 3:00PM GMT.
MORE than 100 Islanders are facing the grim prospect of homelessness in the new year because of a desperate shortage of affordable accommodation, the JEP can reveal.
The number of people on the high-priority waiting list for States housing, including those facing eviction or sleeping on friends’ sofas, has steadily increased from 76 at the start of December to 112.
The surge has been caused by a shortage of new homes and a sharp rise in people needing help in the economic downturn.
Dominique Caunce, head of policy and business improvement at the Housing department, said: ‘The overall waiting list – not just those in [the high priority] band one – has generally been increasing since 2008 when any new supply [of housing] effectively dried up.’