Management information on persons placed into temporary accommodation and rough sleepers for March 2023.
This is not the latest release in the series: Homelessness accommodation provision and rough sleeping
This monthly data collection was introduced during the 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. 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 monthly management data 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.
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, 1,757 people presenting as homeless were placed into temporary accommodation during the month, 248 more than in February 2023. Of these, 546 were dependent children aged under 16, 95 more than in February 2023. [footnote 1] [footnote 4]
- At 31 March 2023, 10,221 individuals were in temporary accommodation, 493 more than that at 28 February 2023. 3,121 of these were dependent children aged under 16, 114 more than that at 28 February 2023. [footnote 2] [footnote 4]
- Between the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the end of March 2023, over 35,000 people who were previously homeless have been supported into emergency temporary accommodation. [footnote 1]
Homeless individuals moved into suitable long-term accommodation
- In March 2023, 823 homeless individuals were moved into suitable long-term accommodation, 173 more than in February 2023. Of the individuals moved into suitable long-term accommodation, 271 were dependent children aged under 16, 35 more than in February 2023.
- As at 31 March 2023, there were an estimated 135 individuals sleeping rough throughout Wales. This is 26 fewer than the 161 individuals sleeping rough at 28 February 2023. [footnote 3]
- As at 31 March 2023, Newport (33), Cardiff (25), Pembrokeshire (13), Bridgend (10) and Gwynedd (9) were the local authorities reporting the highest numbers of individuals sleeping rough. All other local authorities reported 7, or fewer, individuals sleeping rough, with five local authorities reporting zero. [footnote 3]
 One local authority did not include ‘homeless at home’.
 Two local authorities were unable to obtain data from women’s refuges in their local authority.
 Local authorities are asked to base these estimates on local intelligence, not a one-night count.
 Prior to March 2023 one local authority had been submitting households rather than individuals. Part of the increase from February 2023 to March 2023 can be attributed to this.
Datasets and interactive tools
Homelessness accommodation provision and rough sleeping: March 2023 , file type: ODS, file size: 17 KB
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