One in seven homeless in Kensington & Chelsea

London’s richest borough has highest percentage of homelessness in the capital.


The borough of Kensington & Chelsea is home to 10,705 families – 1,441 of which are homeless – one in seven of the population.

Next door at Westminster, the figure is one in eight. In Haringey it is one in 12.

Taking London as a whole, one in 24 families are classed as homeless – an increase of 46% compared to five years ago.

Polly Neate, CEO at Shelter, said: “It’s shocking that one in every 24 families in London is homeless. Every day we help parents desperate to escape the cramped accommodation they’re forced to raise their children in.”

A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea council said: “We’re doing everything we can to prevent and combat homelessness, redoubling our efforts to increase the number of social homes despite being one of London’s most built-up and expensive boroughs.”

A Westminster council spokesman said: “While housing challenges are unique in Westminster, with some of the highest private rents in the UK, we work tirelessly with partners, including Shelter, to really focus on prevention and early intervention in order to help families from spiralling out of control and in to homelessness.”

According to Shelter’s research the loss of a private tenancy is the leading of cause of homelessness in London, accounting for 40% of all cases.

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