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Homeless atlas launched as Guinness chief highlights disturbing trend

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing

Homeless atlas launched as Guinness chief says 'time to reflect' on disturbing trend Homeless atlas launched as Guinness chief says 'time to reflect' on disturbing trend

The fifth annual 'Atlas of Services for Homeless People in London' has been launched by the London Housing Foundation (LHF) with a warning that some 36 agencies have been lost in the sector.

LHF chair Simon Dow, who is also chief executive of the Guinness Partnership, said: "This year’s Atlas show just how much change there has been in the sector over the last five years; we have lost 36 agencies, floating support services are so concentrated that three agencies almost have a monopoly and we are seeing existing providers expanding to work across a far greater geographical area."

Dow added that it would be "useful to reflect on these trends as we plan the next five years”.

The Atlas is available on the LHF website www.lhf.org.uk on the publications page

The LHF is a charitable trust committed to assisting the agencies which serve the homelessness sector in London to secure a better future for single homeless people.

LHF acting director Margaret Malcolm said: "The Atlas provides a fascinating picture of the sector we work in. This year we have again commissioned two 'anonymous' leader articles from a provider and a commissioner giving their unconstrained views on what is happening to services for homeless people in London."

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