[Hpn] Many homeless 'are mentally ill'
William Charles Tinker
Mon, 07 Aug 2006 04:22:47 -0400
Many homeless 'are mentally ill'
7 August 2006
The number of homeless people suffering from mental illness has more than
doubled in the past 15 years, new figures show.
The percentage of homeless people judged to be homeless and vulnerable due
to mental illness or disability rose from 3.25% in 1991 to 7.8% in 2006 - a
rise of 3,040 people.
In all, some 93,980 people were classified as unintentionally homeless in
2005-06 - a fall of almost 30% on the 132,280 recorded in 1991-2. But the
number of mentally ill people amongst them rose from 4,300 to 7,340 over the
The official figures were obtained from the Department of Communities and
Local Government in response to a parliamentary question from Liberal
Democrat housing spokesman Dan Rogerson.
He said: "The increasingly widespread problem of mental illness particularly
affects society's most vulnerable groups.
"These figures show that we are failing to provide decent housing to the
people who are most in need of support.
"It is extremely difficult to overcome mental illness without the security
of living in a permanent home.
"The Government must act to make sure that people with mental health
problems are given the support and housing they desperately need."
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