The was some surprise a few days ago when a scheduled report on homeless problems in the City was pulled.
The Council failed to explain why the report was abandoned and it remains unclear what the report contained.
It may be that the Council is embarrassed by the seeming increase in the number of empty homes that it owns.
Two on Foxwood Lane have been empty for over 6 months (i.e. from before the pandemic caused delays) . Both properties are bungalows which are always popular with “downsizers”, so finding new tenants shouldn’t have been a problem.
On the basis of the last published stats, there were 22 homeless households with dependent children in living in temporary accommodation in York.
According to the Councils own figures, the average number of days to re-let empty properties has risen from 27 days to 37 days during the last couple of years.
There are 1597 people registered on the York housing waiting list.