1 in every 172 children in Sussex are considered to be ‘homeless’ this Christmas
According to the housing charity Shelter, the number of children sleeping either on the streets or in temporary housing, such as B&B’s or hostels, has reached a record high. It is expected that Sussex is one of the worst locations in the country to face the housing crisis.
The highest rates of homeless children in the region are found in Sussex, with Brighton & Hove topping the list. Shelter’s research revealed that there are 1,999 homeless children in the city. That’s one in every 25 children.
Brighton has seen a 74% increase in homelessness in children under 17 since 2013.
Poppy Terry, a representative from Shelter claimed that their research revealed that children are: “hidden away in hostels and bed and breakfasts. We hear from people about cold, damp and even rats.
“You’ve got young kids who are sharing beds with multiple family members and they’re trying to play in dirty public corridors; it is really not suitable at all.
“I think we can all agree that no child should be homeless but we’re facing a generation of kids who are growing up in the housing crisis and that’s the grim reality they’re facing”.
As Christmas approaches, Shelter have launched a nationwide campaign in an attempt to tackle the dire situation. Through donations, Shelter offer homeless families a helpline to call over the festive period which will hopefully lead them to direct help.
Angel, aged 9, shares the difficulties her mum faces when left with a small budget to feed her family:
The number of children hidden away in hostels and BnBs is enough to make anyone’s heart sink. These are not places for children.
Angel, aged nine, explains the difficulty with mealtimes when you live in a hostel. pic.twitter.com/7COw6Q8VNq
— Shelter (@Shelter) December 5, 2018
To support Shelter’s Christmas appeal, text SHELTER to 70020 to donate £3, or visit: www.shelter.org.uk
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