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Almost 1,000 children homeless this Christmas

Hundreds of children are going to be homeless this Christmas, according to Shelter Credit: PA

Almost 1,000 children in the East Midlands are set to wake up homeless this Christmas, according to housing charity Shelter.

As a result of housing shortages, a number of families are having to live in Bed and Breakfast establishments and hostels.

The charity is warning of the knock-on effects of living in temporary accommodation. Research done with twenty families living in B & Bs and hostels found that:

  • Half of parents said their child's physical health had been negatively affected since living in the B&B or hostel
  • Every family lived in a single room, often with children and parents having to share a bed
  • Most families said their room was in a state of disrepair, and over half of families said their room was not secure
  • Most families had to eat meals on the floor or on their bed as very few had space for a table or a fit communal area to eat in
  • Three quarters had to share toilets and washing facilities with other residents
  • All families who shared a bathroom said they were in poor condition, including reports of unlockable doors, slippery or cracked tiles and dangling electrical wires

Calls to homeless charity to rise this Christmas

Homeless charity Shelter says it is bracing itself for an alarming rise in the number of Midlanders needing help finding somewhere to live this Christmas.

Last year, almost 1,000 people from the West Midlands and more than 600 in the East Midlands called the helpline.

The threat of homelessness is devastating at any time of year, but it seems to get worse around Christmas as the strains of the holidays close in and the weather gets cold.

– Liz Clare, Shelter helpline adviser