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£80 could enable a legal adviser to complete an application for legal aid funding

Nearly 139,000 children in England will wake up on Christmas morning without a place to call home. This is the highest number on record.

Yes, we are outraged too.

Forced to stay in cold shipping containers, badly converted offices, cramped B&Bs (sometimes with six people to a room), or in places where the locks don’t work properly.

This is not a home.

But how did it come to this?

A lack of affordable homes in the UK means the housing emergency is spiralling. More people are struggling in temporary accommodation or being forced onto the streets.

My first six weeks living in temporary accommodation left me traumatised for life.
- Fashmina

This is unacceptable.

We must act now.

Your donation today could:

  • answer an emergency call from a family who are facing the fear and uncertainty of being made homeless

  • help to pay for legal advice to help a family in crisis keep their home

  • advocate for access to secure and permanent homes for everyone

Your donation won’t be restricted to a single project but will be used wherever it’s needed most to help those fighting for their right to a safe home.

You could help us be there when it matters most.


We exist to defend the right to a safe home, because home is everything. The fight to end the housing emergency starts here.

How we help

No one needs to face homelessness or unsafe housing alone. Last year over five million people turned to Shelter for advice.

  • 15,555 households received support from our emergency helpline

  • 15,846 households came to our local hubs in England for support

  • 12,900 households who sought help saw a positive change in their housing situation

How you fuel the fight for home

We couldn't do this without you. For every £1 you donate:

  • 79p is spent directly on helping people through advice, support and campaigning

  • 21p is spent on fundraising

Pie chart showing that 79% of donations is spent directly on helping people and 21% is spent on fundraising.

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