You may not see them on the streets, but they’re still homeless. Because they don’t have homes, they’re living in places like hostels and B&Bs.
In these cramped conditions, their health and education can suffer – especially if their temporary accommodation is miles away from all they know.
Often, homeless children have to spend an hour or two travelling before they even start the school day. They might arrive tired and hungry. And with a bad night’s sleep behind them (hostel life is often noisy and unpredictable), they’re in no state to face the working day. Can you imagine your child having to live like that?
‘It’s just not just a roof over your head. You don’t realise the emotional and physical effect it has had on the kids.’
Number of homeless children
100,000 is a hard number to get your head around – it’s the equivalent of four in every school in Britain.
Why? More and more households had to rely on temporary accommodation in the last few years. And because there aren’t enough homes, these families are trapped there.
Under such pressure, it’s hard to find somewhere decent to live that’s affordable; close to family and school. That’s why, day in day out, we provide the practical support and advice they need to find homes.Read now
Having a place to sleep isn’t the same as having a home
If you don’t have rights to stay where you are, your accommodation is unsafe or you’re sleeping rough, you could be homeless. For example, you might be staying with friends or in a hostel, living with poor conditions that affect your health, or at risk of abuse in your home.