Almost 1,000 children will be homeless at Christmas in the East Midlands

November 5, 2015

It is estimated that 1,000 children in the East Midlands will be homeless at Christmas, according to homeless charity Shelter.


Shortages in housing have seen a number of families forced into Bed and Breakfast establishments and hostels.  Shelter is warning of the knock-on effects of living in temporary accommodation. Research done with twenty families living in B & Bs and hostels found that:

  • Half of parents said their child's physical health had been negatively affected since living in the B&B or hostelEvery family lived in a single room, often with children and parents having to share a bed

  • Most families said their room was in a state of disrepair, and over half of families said their room was not secureMost families had to eat meals on the floor or on their bed as very few had space for a table or a fit communal area to eat in

  • Three quarters had to share toilets and washing facilities with other residents

  • All families who shared a bathroom said they were in poor condition, including reports of unlockable doors, slippery or cracked tiles and dangling electrical wire

Here at LEAP we want to provide young homeless people with suitable, safe and secure accommodation.  We recognise long-term success depends on young people living in a safe, supported, respectful and learning environment; having a sense of empowerment, achievement, responsibility, and recognition with opportunities for personal growth and independence.


With Christmas around the corner we here at LEAP still continue to provide effective and innovative housing and support services to vulnerable young people at risk. 


If you wish to donate to our housing charity so that we can continue to provide accommodation for young homeless people please follow this link -!donate-now/cfx


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