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Homeless children are being housed in office blocks and shipping containers

Posted On: 21 Aug 2019   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

At least 210,000 children are officially homeless, according to a shocking new report from the Children's Commissioner for England who said something has “gone so very wrong” in the country's housing system.
It's a number that doesn't include a group of highly vulnerable children who have been put in temporary accommodation by children's services rather than by council housing departments. That means families who authorities have deemed to have made themselves “intentionally homeless” and those with no recourse to public funds as a result of their immigration status.
The government doesn't hold any public data on how many of these families there are.
The Bleak houses: Tackling the crisis of family homelessness in England research published by Anne Longfield broke down the figures to show that 124,000 children in England are living in temporary accommodation, with around 92,000 more forced to sofa-surf with their families.
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