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Management information on persons placed into temporary accommodation and rough sleepers for September 2021.

This monthly collection replaces the weekly gathering of intelligence during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It covers temporary accommodation and provision of long term accommodation for people who present to local authorities for housing support as they are at risk of homelessness.

This data has not undergone the same level of quality assurance as official statistics and the data may be revised in future.

The figures for the latest month should be treated as provisional. Not all local authorities have been able to provide comprehensive data and this is reflected, where relevant, in the footnotes.

For the estimates of rough sleeping, we publish a breakdown by local authority (from November 2020). For data on use of accommodation, we are initially publishing data at the Wales-level only.

Ability to compare with statutory homelessness statistics and the rough sleeper count

It is important to note the following differences between this new monthly collection and our existing data collections and publications on statutory homelessness:

  • This monthly data relates to the number of individuals experiencing homelessness and being supported by local authorities into temporary accommodation or suitable long-term accommodation.
  • Our quarterly and annual collections on statutory homelessness capture data on number of households, not individuals. That data relates to homelessness as defined by the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.

In addition, we do not recommend comparisons between the rough sleeping estimates from this monthly collection and the annual rough sleeper count (up to November 2019). In this monthly collection, local authorities are asked to base their estimates on local intelligence. The annual rough sleeper count has a different methodology: a two week information gathering exercise, followed by a one night snapshot count.

Main points

Comparisons over time

At this stage, it is important not to put too much emphasis on data for an individual month or comparisons with previous months. This monthly collection of management information and the guidance provided is continuing to be refined and improved.

Use of temporary accommodation

  • Throughout Wales, 1,359 people presenting as homeless were placed into temporary accommodation during the month, 176 more than in August 2021. Of these, 273 were dependent children aged under 16, an increase of 21 from August 2021. (a) (b)
  • At 30 September 2021, 6,935 individuals were in temporary accommodation, an increase of 118 from 31 August 2021. 1,742 of these were dependent children aged under 16, an increase of 97 from 31 August 2021. (b) (c)
  • Between the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the end of September 2021, over 15,300 people who were previously homeless have been supported into emergency temporary accommodation. (a) (b)                                                              

(a) One local authority did not include ‘homeless at home’.
(b) One local authority reported households, not persons. Therefore, there will be a small undercount in the total figures presented.
(c) Two local authorities were unable to obtain data from women’s refuges in their local authorities.

Homeless individuals moved into suitable long-term accommodation

  • 473 homeless individuals were moved into suitable long-term accommodation, 52 fewer than in August 2021. Of the individuals moved into suitable long-term accommodation, 152 were dependent children aged under 16, a decrease of 19 from August 2021. (d)

(d) One local authority reported households, not persons. Therefore, there will be a small undercount in the total figures presented.

Rough sleeping

  • At 30 September 2021, there were an estimated 128 individuals sleeping rough throughout Wales. This is an increase of 18 from the 110 individuals sleeping rough at 31 August 2021. (e)
  • As at 30 September 2021, Newport (26), Cardiff (20), Caerphilly (16), Pembrokeshire (13), Powys (11), Ceredigion (8), and Denbighshire (7) were the local authorities reporting the highest numbers of individuals sleeping rough. All other local authorities reported 5, or fewer, individuals sleeping rough, with six local authorities reporting zero. (e)

(e) Local authorities are asked to base these estimates on local intelligence, not a one-night count.


Datasets and interactive tools

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