Tamworth homeless figures on the rise

TIDINGS of comfort and joy may be the farthest thing from the minds of the number of people who will be homeless this festive season, with new figures showing more people are finding themselves without a roof over their head.

A new report has found the number of people accessing homelessness services in 2017 has climbed by three per cent in the past year.

Leigh Smith from Tamworth Family Support Service (TFSS) said homeless numbers have been steady locally, only because the organisation is constantly at capacity with the number of people on its books.

The homelessness support service assisted 308 people over the age of 16 in Tamworth, in the past year.

Domestic violence was a common thread in Tamworth’s tale of homelessness, with 33 per cent of all clients presenting for help identifying it “as an issue needing assistance”.

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