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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