Temporary accommodation

When a local authority has accepted a duty to re-house a homeless household, that household will often be placed in temporary accommodation until a settled solution is found. Figures on temporary accommodation are stock figures - as at the latest available quarter - and quarterly TA figures should never be added together. Regional figures are no longer published, but can be produced using Shelter’s Databank.

Households in temporary accommodation

Summary statements

‘In England, more than 59,000 homeless households were living in temporary accommodation at the end of June 2014.’

‘In England, the number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation has increased by 16% in two years. (Q2 2014, compared to Q2 2012)’

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics, table 775

Households in temporary accommodation in England

Temporary accommodation by region

RegionHouseholds in temporary accommodation at end of September 2013
North East191
Yorkshire and Humberside781
East Midlands696
East Of England3,726
London42,258
South East5,109
South West2,024
West Midlands1,582
North West953
England57,420

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics

Families with children in temporary accommodation

Summary statements

‘More than 44,000 households with dependent children were living in temporary accommodation in England at the end of June 2014.’

‘In England, the number of households with dependent children living in temporary accommodation increased by 13% in the last two years. (Q2 2012 compared to Q2 2014)’

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics, table 775

Number of households with dependent children living in temporary accommodation, by region

RegionHouseholds with dependent children in TA at end of Sept 2013
North East89
Yorkshire and Humberside357
East Midlands430
East Of England1,883
London32,080
South East3,714
South West1,177
West Midlands1,075
North West483
England42,150

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics

Children in temporary accommodation

‘In England, the number of children living in Temporary Accommodation has increased by 15% in two years. (Q2 2014 compared to Q2 2012).’

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics, table 775

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