This data only relates to one type of homelessness – 'statutory homelessness' – which requires a household to be unintentionally homeless and demonstrate a priority category need (such as dependent children). It therefore doesn’t include single homeless people without specific vulnerabilities, or those people who don’t approach their local authority for help.
The ethnicity recorded is that of the person within the household making the homelessness application. Ethnicity was unknown for 6% of households.
Much of the data at the local authority level is excluded because there are fewer than 5 homeless households in each ethnic group. This information is not available as there is a risk of disclosing personal information.
Homelessness data is collected and reported every 3 months by local authorities in England. More detailed statistics on statutory homelessness by ethnicity across local authorities in England are reported annually. This means less data needs to be excluded in order to avoid disclosing individuals’ identities.
On 14 December 2017, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a revision to this data in its homelessness statistics, which changes the total number of statutorily homeless households from 59,100 to 59,110. This new figure is not included here as the change is small and does not affect the percentages shown.