National Homelessness News

November 2019

A mother has told how she was made homeless just days before giving birth. Sam, 31, and husband Rahul were evicted from their shared London house well into the third trimester after their landlord insisted they couldn’t stay in the accommodation with a baby. Cameras from Channel 4’s Dispatches: Born Homeless followed the couple as they were moved into a cramped, dingy hostel room before being relocated to a basic studio for son Elijah’s birth. Speaking on the programme, Sam, who has a Masters degree, admitted she ‘never thought’ an ‘ordinary’ woman like herself would be made homeless.

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November 2019

Earlier in the year The Guardian set out to look at the sharpest end of homelessness – not simply those who live on the streets but those who die on them or in emergency accommodation. Homelessness had become omnipresent in Britain. According to the last Shelter report, at least 320,000 people are homeless, almost 5,000 are rough sleeping and 726 people died homeless in England and Wales in 2018, a rise of 22% from 2017. Most of those 726 would have been street homeless or in emergency accommodation.

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