Nov 22 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
THE number of homeless children living in temporary accommodation is higher in Brent than in other London borough, according to housing charity Shelter.
Shelter warns that the number of homeless families has been increasing steadily over the past few months and more than 57,000 children across the capital will be homeless this Christmas.
Shelter’s figures reveal that at 5,957 children in temporary accommodation this Christmas, Brent’s figures are the highest. Haringey comes second with 4,681 children in temporary accommodation.
The charity says it expects more people will ask it for help in December and is appealing for the public’s support.
Campbell Robb, chief executive, said: “It’s easy to think of homelessness as single people sleeping rough. What people don’t often consider is the rising numbers of families who, through no fault of their own, have lost their home and have no permanent roof over their heads.
“For people with children, sofa surfing with friends and family often isn’t a realistic option.
“The rise in homelessness over the last year means there is a lot of pressure on local authorities in the region.
They will be using all the options they can to get a roof over the heads of homeless families.”
The number of families who are forced to live in bed and breakfast accommodation in London has almost doubled in 12 months.
The main triggers for homelessness include relationship breakdowns, job loss, and landlords ending tenancies.
Visit shelter.org.uk to make a donation or Text HOMES to 87085 to give £3 to Shelter’s emergency Christmas appeal.