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Hundreds given temporary accommodation during coronavirus pandemic

More than 700 people have been given temporary accommodation in Bridgend county borough since March.

It follows an increase of almost 25 percent in the number of people coming to the local authority to request help with housing compared to the same period last year.

Between March and October, Bridgend County Borough Council received 1,010 homelessness applications.

While not all of those who applied for help required emergency accommodation, the council provided temporary accommodation for 721 people, from 540 different households.

The local authority successfully prevented or relieved the homelessness of 280 households, supporting them to move into long-term accommodation.

Funding for temporary accommodation and support has been available by Welsh Government for this period.

While not all those who came to us for help were a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic the figures show the extent of the demand for housing services during this period. People present as homeless for a variety of reasons whether that involves the threat of losing their accommodation, family breakdown or relationship breakdown, for example. Sometimes people apply and other solutions become available during the process.

In March the council put in place a number of measures to help support homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless to keep them safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the pandemic we have worked closely with partners such as The Wallich, Pobl and registered social landlords as well as voluntary organisations to provide both practical support such as emergency accommodation and advice on a range of areas, including guidance in relation to private landlords and the rules around rent arrears.

Temporary accommodation has included a range of bed and breakfasts, hotels, and supported housing – we’d like to thank all those who have helped vulnerable and homeless people who might otherwise have faced having to sleep rough during the crisis. Work continues between the council and its partners to provide a range of options for people currently in temporary accommodation as we seek to move them into more permanent and long term homes.

The council’s cabinet member for future generations and wellbeing Dhanisha Patel

Homelessness and housing register applications can be made via the council website. People can also email the council at or call 01656 643643.

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