Responding to housing minister Lord Rooker's ...
Responding to housing minister Lord Rooker's announcement
of£1.2bn extra for new housing, Shelter issued a strong warning that new affordable homes must be targeted at the 80,000 homeless families suffering needlessly in appalling conditions in temporary housing such as B&Bs and hostels.
Today Shelter launched research which shows homeless children's lives are being devastated as a direct result of living in temporary housing (see LGCnet). By interviewing homeless families, Shelter has discovered homeless children living in temporary housing are being damaged by bullying, shame, sickness, fear and problems with schooling.
Ben Jackson, director of external affairs at Shelter said: 'We are delighted that the government is set to deliver 22,700 affordable homes next year and we support its target to reduce the number of homeless families in bed and breakfasts. The commitment to targeting rural areas and key workers is laudable and we want this replicated with a strong and clear commitment showing how many homes are to be targeted at homeless families in all temporary housing. Our shocking evidence shows why these children must be top of the list for new homes.'