Shelter warns of leap in working homeless as families struggle

Charity blames high rents, freeze in housing benefit and shortage of social housing

More than half of families housed in temporary accommodation after being accepted as homeless by their local council are in work, according to the housing charity Shelter.

The number of working homeless has nearly doubled since Shelter last looked at the figures in 2013. There are now about 33,000 “working homeless” – or 55% of all households in temporary accommodation – compared with 19,000 in 2013, it estimates.

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

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