More than 1,200 children in the East Midlands face spending Christmas homeless or in temporary accommodation, a housing charity has warned.
Shelter stated in a report that this was the highest level recorded since 2009 after analysis of government figures.
Across the country it has been revealed that the number of families living in emergency B&B and hostel rooms has risen by 18% in one year. According to the charity, one new family in Britain becomes homeless every 10 minutes.
The report included accounts of families having to live in a single room and share a bed, and use unsanitary shared toilet and bathroom facilities. There were also descriptions of being exposed to drug abuse and violence, with strangers sleeping in corridors.
The investigation also revealed the emotional and mental turmoil of living in these circumstances, with accounts of children becoming anxious, isolated from their friends and struggling to sleep.
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: