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  • Release date: 27 July 2017
  • Period covered: 2016-17
  • Next update: 28 September 2017
Data on the number of households applying to local authorities for housing assistance under the Housing Wales Act 2014 and the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation.

Key points

  • During 2016-17, 9,210 households were assessed as threatened with homelessness within 56 days. For 5,718 households (62 per cent) homelessness was successfully prevented for at least 6 months.
  • During 2016-17, 10,884 households were assessed as being homeless and owed a duty to help secure accommodation. Of these, 4,500 households (41 per cent) were successfully relieved of their homelessness and helped to secure accommodation that was likely to last for 6 months.
  • During 2016-17, 2,076 households were assessed to be unintentionally homeless and in priority need. Of these, 1,674 (81 per cent) households were positively discharged through acceptance of settled suitable accommodation.

Households in temporary accommodation

  • At 31st March 2017, 2,013 homeless households were in temporary accommodation across Wales.
  • Private sector accommodation was the main form of temporary accommodation used with 39 per cent of all households in temporary accommodation placed in private sector housing at the end of March 2017.
  • At the end of March 2017 there were 189 households in temporary bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation. Of these, 9 households (5 per cent) were families with children.


The Housing Act (Wales) 2014 included changes to statutory homelessness legislation which were introduced on 27 April 2015. The data shown in this headline and report are not comparable with the statutory homelessness data published for 2014-15 or earlier years due to the legislative changes. Further information is available in 'Statutory homelessness – legislative changes from 27 April 2015'.

Data Quality

Care should be taken when comparing 2016-17 homelessness data with data for 2015-16. This is due both to the data quality issues for 2015-16 and the additions and changes to the quarterly and annual returns for 2016-17.

The temporary National Statistics de-designation came to an end in July 2017 following discussion with the Office for Statistics Regulation. These statistics are now classed as National Statistics.

Additional information is available within the release.

Further information

Key results and StatsWales are published quarterly and a report will be published annually.


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