Research: Temporary Accommodation in London

By: Zorana Halpin  Published: August 2014


Here are the results of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests commissioned by Shelter to investigate whether London councils were increasingly struggling to find affordable temporary accommodation (TA) for homeless families.

Summary

Shelter commissioned Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to investigate whether London councils were struggling to find affordable temporary accommodation (TA) for homeless families.

The FOI request found evidence of families:

·         Living in insecure, temporary accommodation for long periods of time

·         Being placed in temporary accommodation far away from their local area

·         Living in temporary accommodation with significant rent shortfalls, as a result of being caught by the benefit cap.

In light of the findings, Shelter is calling on the government to take immediate action to protect families from being placed in unsuitable TA, and to commit to building more affordable homes.

  

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