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Urgent appeal to help homeless kids in Aylesbury Vale

Urgent appeal to help homeless kids in Aylesbury Vale

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:49am 23rd December 2019. (Updated at 1:55pm 23rd December 2019)

One in 612 children in Aylesbury Vale is homeless and living in temporary accommodation.

Not the highest stats, but still worrying for the charity Shelter, who are running an urgent Christmas appeal to get kids into better housing.

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 20 children lose their home every day in the South East.

The report also shines a light on the 460 families with children in the region currently living in emergency B&Bs and hostels - widely considered the worst type of accommodation.

Families are often squashed into one room with little space to cook, play or eat their meals; are forced to share bathrooms with strangers; and the accommodation is often located miles away from schools, jobs and loved ones.

With a severe lack of social homes, expensive private rents and welfare cuts driving the country's housing emergency, Shelter is warning that if nothing changes 440 children will be made homeless by Christmas day.

The charity is calling on every political party to put housing at the top of its domestic agenda and is asking the public to support its urgent Christmas appeal.

Putting a microscope on the devastating impact the housing emergency is having on young lives across the region, the report also revealed:

  • The areas with the highest proportion of homeless children are Brighton and Hove (1 in every 30 children are homeless), Slough (1 in 53) and Milton Keynes (1 in 66). 
  • And this bleak picture is also illustrated in the region's classrooms, where there is an average of three homeless children per school.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said:

"The fact 20 children in the South East 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 South East to get to a better place. Every donation will help Shelter to be there for everyone who need us this Christmas."

Aylesbury Vale District Council said:

"Aylesbury Vale District Council has its own purpose built temporary accommodation and all families accommodated have their own exclusive kitchen and bathroom facilities, staff onsite, their own front door and a dedicated play area and facilities for children.

We have no families in bed and breakfast accommodation under our homelessness duties and we work really hard to prevent homelessness in the Vale with a dedicated debt advice service with the emphasis on prevention of homelessness wherever possible or to find suitable alternative accommodation as we understand the detrimental impact upon all clients facing homelessness."

To donate to Shelter's urgent Christmas appeal visit www.shelter.org.uk or text SHELTER to 70030 to donate £3. Texts cost your standard network rate + £3. Shelter receives 100% of your donation.

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