3,000 children in the South West without a home

3,000 children in the South West without a home

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:52am 3rd December 2019.

More than 3,000 children in the South West are homeless and living in temporary accommodation, according to a report launched today by Shelter.

That's a rise of 55% in the last five years. 

For the first time the charity has exposed the frequency with which children are becoming homeless in the region, as its Generation Homeless report reveals 10 children lose their home every day in the South West.

Shelter says around 52 youngsters were homeless or living in temporary accommodation like hostels or B and B's as of March this year.

The number was 14 in West Dorset.

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Families are often squashed into one room with little space to cook, play or eat their meals, are forced to share bathrooms with strangers; and the accommodation is often located miles away from schools, jobs and loved ones.

With a severe lack of social homes, expensive private rents and welfare cuts driving the country's housing emergency, Shelter is warning that if nothing changes 90 children across the South West will be made homeless between now and the time of the general election on December 12 and 220 by Christmas day on December 25. 

Shelter Bristol Hub Manager, Penny Walster, said: 

"The fact 10 children in the South West become homeless every day is a scandalous figure, and sharp reminder that political promises about tackling homelessness must be turned into real action.

"Day in, day out we see the devastating impact the housing emergency is having on children across the region. Many are being uprooted from their friends, while others are forced to live in cramped B&Bs and go to bed at night scared by the sound of strangers outside.

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"Every child has the right to a safe home and if we act now, our frontline advisers can support more homeless families in the South West to get to a better place. Every donation will help Shelter to be there for everyone who need us this Christmas."