Eastbourne faces tough challenge over homelessness crisis

Recent statistics show that Eastbourne has the ninth highest rate of rough sleepers in the country, posing massive issues for the seaside town.

Earlier this year the Eastbourne Herald reported the shocking statistics, showing a massive growth in homelessness over the past couple of years.

In an attempt to tackle this growing issue, the Eastbourne Borough Council developed the ‘Homelessness Strategy 2017-2021.’

The strategy outlines many measures that the Council is taking in order to address homelessness in Eastbourne, but the problems lie deeper than just a local issue.

Local Liberal Democrat Councillor, Alan Shuttleworth, believes that the problem can never fully be eradicated. He said: “We are doing our best to find ways to make provision, but it will never be enough.

“I think successive Governments have done too little to address the totally inadequate provision of social housing and affordable rented properties in the public and private sector.”

Recent Government cuts and welfare reform, as outlined in the strategy, only pose a harder challenge for local authorities and the public on this issue.

“Along with many other places we have a homeless problem and drug related problems, we are working in partnership with statutory and voluntary organisations to find ways to tackle these.

There is much to be done to support individuals and households who are in threat of homelessness or already homeless. The Government need to give more attention to this national problem.”

If you or someone you know is sleeping rough, contact the Matthew 25 Mission charity on 01323 726960.

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