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Sunday, September 25, 2016
93,000 families homeless this Christmas
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¬†Christian homelessness charity Housing Justice today called on the government to build more homes to end the injustice of families who will be spending an unhappy Christmas in temporary accommodation. The latest government homelessness figures show that homelessness acceptances by local authorities are at a 20 year low but that 93,090 households in England and Wales are accommodated in temporary accommodation under the terms of the homelessness legislation. This figure is 8% less than the same period in 2005 but more than double the level of when Labour came to power in 1997. The charity is calling on the government to build more family homes so that in the future children will not to have to face Christmas without a secure home. Alison Gelder, Chief Executive of Housing Justice, commented "Using the government figures we estimate that there are at least 170,000 children facing an unhappy Christmas this year in temporary accommodation. The government must act to end this situation ≠ we are the fourth richest country in the world so why must they suffer this injustice every day? The government must commit itself to building more family housing to solve the problem in next year's comprehensive spending review." She continued "the 93,000 families in temporary accommodation are just one of the injustices churches will be thinking about on Homelessness Sunday on 28 January 2007. Other areas we will be looking at include the injustices suffered by homeless people on the streets and in hostels, people in poor housing, Gypsies and Travellers denied sites and destitute asylum seekers and workers from countries such as Poland who have no access to benefits or housing. We will be encouraging Christians to think about these and other injustices and offering practical suggestions for action that churches and individuals can take." To support churches Housing Justice has produced a Homelessness Sunday resource pack which includes worship ideas, material for use with children's and youth groups and facts, figures and stories to enable Christians to consider the plight of those suffering from the injustice of homelessness in all its forms. The packs are available from Housing Justice for £5.50. For further information on the packs see www.homelessness-sunday.org.uk contact Ellen Byrne on 020 7723 7273 or email hs@housingjustice.org.uk.
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