The number of homeless families living in temporary accommodation within Merton is the lowest in London, a survey by the Greater London Authority has revealed.
And while other boroughs are having to house greater numbers in unsatisfactory temporary accommodation, the trend in Merton remains resolutely downwards.
In June 2004, 155 homeless households were placed in temporary accommodation compared to 173 just two months earlier – a drop of over 10 per cent. This compares favourably to all of the other 31 London boroughs which have at least double that number and in some cases over thirty times as many.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Steve Austin paid tribute to the Merton staff who had made this possible.
“Merton works very hard to offer people in need of a home a permanent place to live, in the shortest possible time. This survey is testament to the hard work and dedication that has gone into achieving such pleasing results.’
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