chapter  7
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Putting an end to homelessness

Shortly after the 1977 Homeless Persons Act came into force, there were just under 5,000 homeless households in temporary accommodation in England. During the 1980s the number grew rapidly, and by 1990 there were over 45,000 households in temporary accommodation. During the early 1990s the number grew to a peak of 63,000, but then fell to 44,000 in 1996. Since 1997, however, there has been a dramatic rise, with 72,000 households in temporary accommodation in 2000 and over 100,000 households in temporary accommodation in 2004.