The number of people living on the streets in Eastbourne has more than trebled in the past 6 years.
Figures released by the Government show that 6 people were recorded as being homeless in 2010, with 19 living rough in the town in 2016.
In line with Government guidance, the Borough Council, working alongside their voluntary partners, an estimate was undertaken to gather information on the number of people sleeping rough on a designated night in November 2016. This estimate was officially verified by Homeless Link, one of the Government’s partner agencies working with the homeless.
A spokesperson for Eastbourne Borough Council said, “Eastbourne Borough Council is working in partnership with other Sussex authorities to deliver innovative solutions to tackle homelessness and the issue of rough sleeping.
“Together, we have recently been successful in bidding for an additional £470,000 of government funds to develop further services and resources to tackle some of the fundamental causes of why people sleep rough.
“Like many other Local Authorities, both nationally and locally, there has been a significant rise in homelessness over the past year with the main cause being loss of private rented sector accommodation.
“The number of people sleeping rough in England has risen for the sixth year in a row. An estimated 4,134 people bedded down outside in 2016, an increase of 16% on the 2015 figure of 3,569, and more than double the 2010 figure.
“Overall, in Sussex, there was a net increase of 69 rough sleepers (33%) from 2015 to 2016 including:
“In Eastbourne, the total was 11 in 2015 and 19 in 2016.”