A HUGE 688 applications were made to Trafford Council’s homelessness services in the last three months of 2021 alone.

Housing Operations Services Trafford, or HOST, are in charge of supporting those already homeless or at risk of sleeping rough across the borough.

Their latest data reveals the scale of the problem residents are facing.

In a council report due to be discussed at a scrutiny committee meeting on Wednesday, January 12, HOST revealed it had received 5,241 emails and 9,855 telephone calls between October and December alone.

The services stated it had supported 62 families and prevented them from becoming homeless, and had successfully rehoused a further 64 households.

They added 134 households were receiving ‘Main Duty Homelessness’ support over that three month period and 76 individuals visited HOST’s main reception desk in person asking for help.

Those running the support services said it received 98 out of hours calls looking for support, and of those seven resulted in a bed being found for the night for those involved.

Demand for HOST’s services is understood to remain high.

As of December 23, Trafford Council was making use of six, single room occupancy bed and breakfast placements at a Manchester-based hotel to help some of those at risk of homelessness get a roof over their heads.

Similarly, the council indicated that the average length of stay in a B&B placement was just 4.4 nights for families and 15.25 nights for single occupants.

The borough currently operates 149 temporary accommodation placements, and 17 out of borough placements for those at risk.

As part of the Mayor for Greater Manchester’s A Bed Every Night scheme, the borough was housing 19 individuals in accommodation as of December 21.

In the month of October, seven people previously housed through A Bed Every Night moved on and in November a further three progressed.

The borough’s housing register currently has 6,297 households on it, as of the end of December 2021 and 96 households were rehoused over the previous three month period.

Back in November 2020, the council opened a six bedroom house on Chester Road in Stretford as part of the A Bed Every Night scheme to increase the level of support available to those struggling.

Challenges posed by Covid restrictions in the early months of the pandemic meant dormitory-style accommodation was not possible for authorities before then.

At the time, Cllr James Wright, executive member for housing at Trafford Council, said: “My heart goes out to those who find themselves homeless in our borough – it is an awful situation and one which should not be happening. The council has made it a major priority to prevent homelessness in Trafford.

“The council is proud of its work in preventing homelessness and will continue to do everything in its power to stop people ending up on the streets.”