Charities today warned the nation could face a 'devastating homelessness crisis' in the coming months after Government statistics showed more than 75,000 households were homeless or at risk of becoming so before lockdown.
Some 36,690 households were classified as being homeless between January and March this year, according to statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
A further 38,450 households were assessed as being threatened with homelessness within 56 days over the same period.
Homelessness charities said the numbers showed many households had been 'badly affected' even before the worst of the coronavirus pandemic hit.
They fear rising job losses caused by the crisis and the end of a ban on evictions on Monday will lead to a spike in homelessness unless ministers take urgent action.