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Thousands of children set for a homeless Christmas

Over 60,000 children in the capital are facing Christmas homeless this year, according to a new report from the charity Shelter.

The charity has found that the number of families living in B&B's and in shared housing has almost doubled in the past three years.

Thousands of families will wake up homeless on Christmas day, Shelter has warned Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

More than half of those families also say their children's mental and emotional health has been affected by their living situation.

Some children are facing a commute of up to two hours to get to school because of their living arrangements.

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Homeless charity under pressure

The number of young people aged 16 to 24 becoming homeless in London has doubled in the last three years.

Depaul UK needs to double the number of hosting households by 2015.

The charity is calling on households across the UK who have a spare room to consider making it available to a young homeless person.

Soup kitchen given new hope

A charity fighting to save a popular town centre soup kitchen which has served the homeless and the vulnerable for more than 25 years has won a High Court ruling that a decision to terminate its licence was "unlawful".

A judge has quashed an April 2013 decision by the London Borough of Waltham Forest to revoke the licence for the operation of the soup kitchen at the Mission Grove car park in Walthamstow, east London - meaning it will have to be reconsidered.

CEO's sleep rough to raise awareness

A group of CEO's are tonight sleeping rough to raise awareness about youth homelessness.

Action for Children's new chief executive Sir Tony Hawkhead, Mike Tobin OBE, John Hardie, chief executive of ITN, Tim Griffin, Dell UK vice president and Matthew Ponsonby, chief operating officer, Barclays Investment Banking Division have left the boardroom to sleep next to St Paul's Cathedral.

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Charity to offer vital homeless aftercare

For the thousands of people who sleep rough in London hospitals are often the only place to go for help.

Life expectancy for a man sleeping rough is 30 years lower than the average.

Now a charity is launching a special service to offer the vital aftercare needed when people are discharged from hospitals. Ria Chatterjee went to see it in action.

Hospital aftercare for the homeless launches

A scheme to provide aftercare for homeless people after they have been discharged from hospital is launched today. St Mungo’s has been given £3.6 million of a £10 million boost from the Department of Health for the new scheme.

Homeless people are often discharged back onto the street after hospital treatment with a third getting help with their living situation. This fails to deal with underlying health issues. St Mungo's will now launch an aftercare network for homeless people.

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