|COVENTRY INDICATORS - SOCIAL & ECONOMIC
Having a home is a basic
human need. The number of homeless people reflects the level of extreme poverty in our
society, and is an indicator or sustainability.
Until 1996 there was a general upward trend
in the number of people officially classed as homeless. Unfortunately there are no figures
for 1996/7, but in the year 1997/98 there were over 200 less people who were officially
homeless in Coventry than 2 years earlier.
The number of homeless enquiries has also
declined. These figures have been included because they demonstrate the number of people
who have found themselves without a home, although they have somewhere to stay
temporarily. This means they are not classed as officially homeless.