Living In Limbo - Survey of Homeless Households Living in Temporary Accommodation

By: Fiona Mitchell  Published: June 2004


This report presents the findings of a survey of homeless households living in temporary accommodation.

Summary

Temporary accommodation is typically not secure, suitable or affordable for homeless people. Most is provided at high rents, creating poverty traps for people and relying on housing benefit to meet the cost. For families, living in temporary accommodation means constant insecurity and disruption through placements outside their local area and enforced moves for administrative reasons, such as leases with private landlords expiring. Homeless children living in temporary accommodation are some of the most deprived children in this country, missing out on schooling, on play, and opportunities to develop and grow in a healthy living environment.

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