Homelessness in the older population

Experiences of homelessness within the UK ageing populations are mounting, not only in terms of sheer numbers, but also as a proportion of the homeless demographic. In England the proportion of so-called ‘accepted applicants’ - a term which refers to households (not individuals) deemed to be unintentionally homeless and therefore owed a duty of support by local authorities - where the main applicant is in the 45-59 age group has increased markedly over the past 10 years. In 2005/6, persons aged 45-59 accounted for 9% of accepted applicants. In 2016/17, that same age group accounted for 16% — a 78% increase in 11 years.