50,000 homeless children
August 15, 2017 2 comments
As many as 50,000 children across the country live in homeless families according to new research.
The housing charity Crisis has claimed there may now be as many as 160,000 families without a home, and around 57,000 of these include children. Some live with both couples while others are with lone parents.
The finding was based on an analysis of demographic data by Heriot-Watt University. It found that homelessness has increased across the board over the last five years. This unfortunate trend includes rough sleepers, people living in hostels, and those forced to rely on the hospitality and sofas of friends.
In a report outlining the findings, Crisis declare:
“If current policies continue unchanged, the most acute forms of homelessness are likely to keep rising with overall numbers estimated to rise by more than a quarter in the coming decade and two and half times by 2041.”
The report prompted a response from the Local Government Association. Housing spokesperson Judith Blake said:
“Councils want to end homelessness. As we have warned, councils are housing the equivalent of an extra secondary school’s worth of homeless children every month.”
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August 15, 2017
Categories: Family Life