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Yorkshire's homelessness hotspots revealed

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The Yorkshire towns with the highest proportion of homeless people have been revealed as a new report claims the total number has increased by two per cent to 4,800.

The housing charity combined official figures on rough-sleeping with those for people living in temporary accommodation and social services housing.

It said Doncaster had the highest proportion of homeless people, with one in every 642 people having nowhere to live. In Hull the figure was one in 897, in Wakefield it was one in 1,130 and in Harrogate it was one in 1,202.

Shelter's manager in Sheffield, Tracey Nathan, said: “It’s shocking to think that today, thousands of people in Yorkshire and the Humber are waking up homeless. Some will have spent the night shivering on a cold pavement, others crammed into a dingy, hostel room with their children. And what is worse, many are simply unaccounted for.

“On a daily basis, we speak to people and families who are desperately trying to escape the devastating trap of homelessness. A trap that is tightening thanks to decades of failure to build enough affordable homes and the impact of welfare cuts."