Bournemouth has been ranked as the fourth worst region in the South West of the country for tenants facing eviction notices.
The homelessness in Bournemouth is likely to increase over Christmas and into the New Year as studies reveal that tenants in Bournemouth and Poole are among those most likely to be evicted.
Over 300 renters a week are facing eviction and are presented a risk of losing their home by Christmas.
Rising rents, cuts to housing benefit, and the shortage of affordable homes in Bournemouth are threatening to leave thousands of families without a shelter through the upcoming winter months.
YMCA Charity to help Homelessness
Sheena Dayman, a YMCA worker believes that the charity can overcome those issues surrounding families and individuals throughout this period.
Last year, we helped 249 people safe from homelessness.”
YMCA had residents progressing from hostel rooms to move-on flats at a move on rate of 76%, and 91% had a positive move on rate from flats, into independent living last year (2014).
Mrs Dayman added: “They don’t just get a roof over their head, we help them move onto living independently.”
The YMCA in Bournemouth offers 97 rooms for supported accommodation for which you must be referred to from the Bournemouth Council at the Town Hall.
YMCA are working with Bournemouth University next year to give 250 students an experience to what its like to be homeless.
Find out more about the YMCA here.
Find out more about the student project here.