9:54 AM, 1st December 2023, About 3 months ago 9
The number of children living in temporary accommodation in England has reached a new record high, according to government figures.
It says that nearly 139,000 children are homeless and living in hostels, B&Bs or other places, an increase of 14% compared to last year.
On the back of the news, Shelter says that these types of accommodation are often the worst for families, as they must share one room, sleep in the same bed and cope with hazards such as mould and faulty electrics.
The charity also says that living in such conditions can have a devastating impact on children’s health, education and wellbeing.
The charity has now unveiled its new giving campaign which aims to raise funds and awareness for its work – though the homelessness charity won’t be providing homes.
Shelter’s chief executive, Polly Neate, said: “We’ve hit yet another shameful record in the housing emergency, with nearly 139,000 children now facing spending Christmas without a safe and secure place to call home.
“Decades of failure to build enough social homes combined with record-high private rents has resulted in more and more families being plunged into homelessness.
“For most this will mean months or even years in temporary accommodation, where their lives are stuffed into cardboard boxes, and they can be forced to move at the drop of a hat.”
Ms Neate continued: “To turn the tide on homelessness, the government must commit to building 90,000 genuinely affordable social homes a year.
“Until then, Shelter will be there to help people find or keep hold of a safe home.
“With more people being forced to seek our help this winter, we’re asking for the public to support our urgent appeal to help us keep up with rising demand.”
Shelter says that its frontline services are facing a surge of calls from people who are at risk of homelessness this Christmas.
The charity’s expert advisers offer advice and support to people through its emergency helpline, webchat, face-to-face teams and website.
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