Homelessness increase is "Scandalous"

18 children a day are becoming homeless in the North West 

The charity Shelter have released a new report say that over 4 thousand children are living in temporary accommodation - like emergency B-and-Bs and hostels – which is a rise of 385% in the last five years.

For the first time the charity has exposed the frequency with which children are becoming homeless in the region, as its Generation Homeless report reveals 18 children lose their home every day in the North West.

The areas with the highest proportion of homeless children include Manchester (1 in every 47 children are homeless), Salford (1 in 378) and Liverpool (1 in 467).

And this bleak picture is also illustrated in the region’s classrooms, where there is on average of one homeless child per school.

Shelter Manchester Hub Manager, John Ryan, said: “The fact 18 children in the North West become homeless every day is a scandalous figure, and sharp reminder that political promises about tackling homelessness must be turned into real action.

“Day in, day out we see the devastating impact the housing emergency is having on children across the region. Many are being uprooted from their friends, while others are forced to live in cramped B&Bs and go to bed at night scared by the sound of strangers outside.

“Every child has the right to a safe home and if we act now, our frontline advisers can support more homeless families in the North West to get to a better place. Every donation will help Shelter to be there for everyone who need us this Christmas.”

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