Families 'the new faces of homelessness'

Services in the South East are struggling to house the growing number of homeless families.

A new report from the National Housing Federation shows that new cases of homelessness have risen by 37% in the last two years in the region. It's the second biggest rise in the country.

However, since 2010 there has been a staggering 83% rise in families with children living in B&Bs.

One in five families stayed in B&Bs for more than six weeks as local authorities struggled to find temporary accommodation for the growing numbers of homeless households.

Rough sleeping has increased 39% in the South East, the third biggest rise in the country.

Today's figures are shocking and indicate that many people in the South East are truly being pushed to the brink.

"Alongside the terrible rise in rough sleepers, many more children are now being pushed into temporary accommodation such as B&Bs.

"These are families who never dreamed they could end up on the streets. This is the new face of homelessness."

– Warren Finney, South East manager at the National Housing Federation