This post was first published by My London on 28/12/2019.
There are thousands of families in Croydon who don’t have a place to call their own home.
New figures published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government reveal an astonishing 2,039 families in the borough were living in temporary accommodation at the end of June this year.
This means they had been housed by councils because they had no permanent place to live.
The figures also reveal among those families there were a staggering 2,979 children.
Campaigners have urged for the new government to “turn its attention on our worsening housing emergency”.
The shocking number works out at 13.2 in every 100,000 Croydon families living in temporary accommodation – nearly four times the national rate of 3.7 per 100,000.
It was also a rise from 1,838 recorded at the end of June the previous year.
At that time there were 35 families being put up in B&Bs, one in a hostel, 409 families in accommodation being paid on a nightly basis, 218 families in private accommodation leased by the council and 488 families in local authority or housing association properties.
A further 687 families were staying in other forms of accommodation, which could include supported lodgings and mobile homes.
The new figures come at the same time as housing charity Shelter’s annual report, which found at least 280,000 people are homeless across England.
The analysis revealed around one in 200 people are sleeping rough, or living in hostels and temporary accommodation.
In response, Polly Neate, chief executive at Shelter, said: “Now the election is over, the new government must turn its attention on our worsening housing emergency.
“This is an emergency that is tipping thousands of people into homelessness, forcing parents to raise children in grim B&Bs and uprooting families from their jobs, schools and loved ones.
“Wildly expensive private rents, housing benefit cuts and decades of failure to build the social homes we need, are the reasons why 127,000 children in England will wake up homeless on Christmas Day – a figure everyone in Westminster should pay attention to.”
Across England, 86,130 families were living in temporary accommodation at the end of June this year – up from 82,390 families the previous year.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: “We have a moral imperative to act to reduce homelessness.
“One homeless person is one too many and this Government is taking action to protect those most at risk.
“Last year the number of homeless people sleeping rough fell by two per cent.
“More people are getting the support they need to start rebuilding their lives – backed by £1.2bn in funding to reduce all forms of homelessness and rough sleeping, the duty we’ve placed on councils to provide vital help to those who need it, and our commitment to building the homes this country needs
“But there is more we can do – which is why we committed in our manifesto to more integrated working of local health and housing services and the renewal of the affordable homes programme, helping prevent people from falling into homelessness.”