One in every 78 people in Brighton and Hove is homeless, according to a new report.

Figures published by the charity Shelter revealed that 3,575 people across the city are homeless and living in temporary accommodation arranged by the council.

It found there are more than 1,000 homeless children in Brighton and Hove living in temporary accommodation.

The figures placed the city as the third worst place outside London for homelessness and the worst in South East England.

Hastings was also among the worst in the region, with one in every 107 people, along with Worthing (one in every 153 people) and Crawley (one in every 163 people).

Rates of homelessness across Sussex

  • Brighton and Hove - one in 78
  • Hastings - one in 107
  • Worthing - one in 153
  • Crawley - one in 163
  • Adur - one in 190
  • Arun - one in 321
  • Rother - one in 375
  • Horsham - one in 376
  • Chichester - one in 748
  • Mid Sussex - one in 901
  • Wealden - one in 1,759
  • Lewes - one in 5,258
  • Eastbourne - one in 10,170

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “A cold doorway or a grotty hostel room is not a home, but this is reality for too many people today.

“Our frontline advisers are working tirelessly to help people who are desperate to escape homelessness, from the parents doing all they can to provide some shred of a normal family life while stuck in an emergency bed and breakfast, to the person terrified of another night sleeping rough.

“With private rents and living costs continuing to soar, thousands of people are not just facing a winter of worry, they are at risk of losing the roof over their head.

“At Shelter, we are bracing ourselves for a sharp rise in homelessness this year. More than ever, we will be relying on the public’s generosity to help us support and campaign for all those fighting for a safe home.”

The charity has launched an appeal for public support as it faces an average of 132 calls a day to its emergency helpline from people across South East England.

Brighton and Hove City Council was approached for comment.