We Support Homeless
Families in the UK

To Help Families
Escape Homelessness

Child homelessness in the UK has hit a 12-year high, but together we can do something about this
The UK is in the midst of a crisis
  • A family becomes homeless every 5 minutes
  • 1 million families stuck waiting for housing
  • 300,000+ families waiting more than 5 years
  • 210,000 children currently homeless in the UK
  • 1 homeless child for every classroom
  • 80% more homeless children today than in 2010
  • A British family becomes homeless every 5 minutes
  • There are over 1 million families stuck waiting for housing
  • 300,000+ families have been waiting more than 5 years
  • Over 210,000 children are currently homeless in the UK
  • There are 80% more homeless children today than in 2010
Child homelessness can be traumatic, dangerous and extremely damaging

Most homeless families live in hostels, bedsits, and other (often unsuitable) temporary accommodation. This can have numerous negative effects, especially on children, including:

  • Stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Higher rates of injury
  • Poor diet, malnutrition
  • Respiratory problems
  • Disease and infection
In later life

A culmination/combination of the impacts above often results in:

  • Underachieving in school
  • Feeling alienated and outcasted
  • Poor mental health
  • Difficulty finding employment
  • Increased likelihood of homelessness
  • Increased likelihood of addiction
Having a job often isn’t enough

More than half of all homeless families in the UK are in work.

  • Over 55% of families living in temporary accommodation are holding down a job – despite having no stable home
  • This represents an increase of 73% since since 2013
  • The biggest increase in homeless working families between 2013 and 2017 was 167% (in the East Midlands)

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More than half of all homeless families in the UK are in work.

  • Over 55% of families living in temporary accommodation are holding down a job – despite having no stable home
  • This represents an increase of 73% since since 2013
  • The biggest increase in homeless working families between 2013 and 2017 was 167% (in the East Midlands)

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