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WELSH HOUSING SHORTAGE CREATES WORSENING HOMELESS CRISIS

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Fewer new homes for rent are being built in north Wales while hundreds of people remain homeless, housing charity S...
Fewer new homes for rent are being built in north Wales while hundreds of people remain homeless, housing charity Shelter Cymru warned yesterday, the Daily Post reports (Welsh edition, p14).

More than 1,890 people were declared homeless in Clwyd last year with 629 in Gwynedd, but Shelter's housing rights manager Cerys Thomson said the figures masked a deeper problem:

'This has been our busiest year yet and we have assisted in more than 6,000 cases in north Wales, and almost half were facing, or experiencing homelessness,' she said.

Meanwhile, the Post reports, the Welsh Federation of Housing Associations said yesterday that just 3,600 new homes will be built in Wales this year compared to 4,200 in the previous 12 months.

'We had a cut of around 20% in out budget, to £103m this year, and that is bound to affect the number of homes we build,' said director Gareth Hughes.

'We project that we need about 10,000 new homes for rent every year in Wales to cope with demand.'

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