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Homelessness in Newham

Homelessness in Newham

The London Borough of Newham is the 25th most deprived borough in England, and Caritas Anchor House is located in Newham’s second most deprived neighbourhood. The borough is also an identified area of high homelessness. (Source: The English Indices of Deprivation)


  • 12,246 people are homeless in Newham - this equates to one in 27 people in the borough - the second highest in the country. (Source: Shelter)
  • In Newham alone, in the year ending April 2016, 2,448 people approached the local authority for homelessness assistance, of which, 1,345 were accepted as homeless (55%). 198 were recorded as ‘intentionally homeless’, 286 as ‘homeless but not priority’ and 619 as ‘eligible but not homeless’. (Source: Local Authority Homelessness Statistics)
  • In the same period, there were 11.89 homelessness acceptances per 1,000 households in Newham, compared to 5.44 in London and 2.52 in England. (Source: Local Authority Homelessness Statistics)
  • In 2016, the rough sleeping rate per 1,000 households in Newham was 0.34; this figure has more than tripled since 2010 when it was 0.07. (Source: Local Authority Homelessness Statistics)
  • In 2016, 41 people slept rough in Newham, an increase of 485.71% compared to 2010. (Source: Local Authority Homelessness Statistics)
  • Nearly 5,000 children live in temporary accommodation across Newham. Newham has seen a 42 per cent increase in the amount of homeless families from 2013 to 2015. (Source: Newham Recorder)
  • Newham has the highest level of overcrowding in the UK – with around a quarter of the borough’s 100,000 households living in a property which is too small for them – in four wards over 30% of households are overcrowded. (Sources: The Guardian, The Guardian, London's Poverty Profile)
  • Newham has experienced the largest increase in house prices in the UK. House prices have jumped by almost £60,000, or 22.2%, and now, the average home in the borough costs £319,522. (Source: The Wharf)
  • In Newham, 3,515 people have been on a council house waiting list for 10 years, the highest number of any area in Britain. As of the end of August 2015 there were a total of 15,721 applicants on Newham’s waiting list for social housing. (Source: The Mirror and The Wharf)
  • There are 17,535 social housing properties in Newham and 24,544 households on the waiting list. (Source: FOI report 2013)
  • Social rents in Newham are the highest in the country. The borough came top of 338 locations with an average rent of £128.89 a week. (Source: Newham Recorder)
  • Newham has the highest rate of households housed in temporary accommodation of all the London boroughs. In total 4,233 households in Newham were in temporary accommodation as of September 2016. Of these, 83 were in bed and breakfasts, 41 in hostels, 136 in local or housing authority stock, 1,681 in leased private sector properties and 2,292 in other properties. (Source: The Hackney Gazette)
  • The above figure has increased in recent years – previously there were 2,400 households living in temporary accommodation in Newham. (Source: London’s Poverty Profile)
  • Newham has a deprivation rank of 51 out of 326 local authorities, where 1 indicates the highest level of deprivation. (Source: Centre Point)
  • 1 in  30 people living in Newham in private and social rented properties are under threat of eviction (Source: Shelter)
  • There were 28 homeless young people (16 – 24) reported in Newham from April – June; this is a rate of 6 young people per 10,000 being reported as homeless every 3 months. However, this is the number of young people accepted as homeless by the local authority. (Source: Centre Point)


  • From a population of 245,000 in 2007, Newham’s population is now estimated to be at around 332,800, which makes one of London’s most populous boroughs. (Source: Newham London)
  • Newham has the highest proportion of BAME residents, at 71% - as of the 2011 census.


  • Newham has the worst low pay rate in London, with 34% of its residents in jobs below the Living Wage. This figure has increased by 10% since 2010, making it the highest in London. (Source: Newham Recorder)
  • Newham was one of three boroughs which saw the largest increase in low paid jobs since 2010 – from 17% - 29%. (Source: London's Poverty Profile)
  • Newham has the second highest unemployment rate in London, at 7.4%, and skills shortages in Newham are higher than the London average, with 11.1% of the population lacking any qualifications (Source: London's Poverty Profile)
  • Over a fifth of Newham’s population live in an income deprived household. Newham is part of the top 20 local authority districts for income deprivation (Source: English Indices of Deprivation)

Newham has:

  • The second highest unemployment rate in London (7.4%)
  • The fifth highest level of child poverty in the UK (37.5%) (Source: End Child Poverty)
  • The highest proportion of residents in low paid work in London – more than a third are in jobs below the Living Wage.

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