Warwickshire homeless trust expands due to increasing demand - The Leamington Observer

Warwickshire homeless trust expands due to increasing demand

A HOMELESS organisation has expanded into new office space in Warwick due to soaring demand.

Derventio Housing Trust, which provides accommodation for people otherwise at risk of homelessness, is expanding into new office space this month after seeing a rise in demand in Warwickshire.

The housing trust launched in Warwickshire in 2021 and since then has seen an increase in need for its services.

Over the space of three years, it has grown from providing accommodation for five people to 73 in the county, with many more people in the region losing their homes amid spiralling costs.

Increase in demand has meant Derventio has outgrown its Warwick base and is expanding into larger offices on Charles Court, as well as recruiting for a new housing and support officer so it can carry on helping people who have no home.

Government figures released in 2023 showed that nationally, rough sleeping increased by 24 per cent in one year – and had grown by 74 per cent since 2010.

But in Coventry and Warwickshire, rough sleeping rose by a huge 106 per cent in one year. The ‘hidden homeless’ also include those who end up ‘sofa surfing’ in the houses of family and friends because they have no real home of their own.

Derventio Housing Trust spokesperson Penny Wiltshire said: “Places like Warwick and Stratford in this beautiful county of Warwickshire may seem very affluent, and full of tourists coming to admire all the lovely attractions we have on our doorstep. But the reality is there are lots of people here who are really struggling and unable to keep hold of their homes. We’ve seen a big increase in demand for our services at Derventio Housing Trust which is why our Warwick team is moving to bigger offices on Charles Court.

“We’re delighted with our new office space but it’s also troubling that the underlying reason is that so many people are going through tough times in Warwickshire which is why they come to us for help. Some Derventio Housing Trust residents have been brilliant in helping us move into our new offices and we aim to be able to help many more people by expanding our team.”

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