2000 children homeless

More than 2000 children in the South West will be homeless this Christmas, according to the housing charity Shelter. It has launched an emergency appeal.

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Shelter: 'This shouldn't be happening in 21st century'

Our shocking findings have uncovered the shameful conditions homeless children will be living in this Christmas. Parents and children sharing beds, children being forced to eat on the floor and being threatened with violence in the place they live: this shouldn't be happening in 21st century Britain.

– Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter

Shelter: 'Scandal' of homeless children in B&Bs

The Shelter charity's report Nowhere to Go: the scandal of homeless children in bed and breakfasts says the West's 2000 homeless children are often housed with their families in unsuitable bed & breakfasts or emergency hostels. Families in the study have reported:

  • cramped conditions, often with families sharing one room
  • children sharing beds with parents or siblings
  • children eating meals off the floor or bed
  • overt drug use
  • threats of violence

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