CLOSE to 400 children in Harlow face being homeless this Christmas claims a report from Shelter.
The report, published this week, records 376 children in Harlow being categorised as homeless and living in temporary accomodation.
This is the highest rate in Essex with Basildon second.
More than 130,000 children across Great Britain will spend Christmas in temporary accommodation in total.
Greg Beales, director of campaigns at Shelter, said: “The increasing number of children hidden away in hostels and B&Bs is enough to make anyone’s heart sink. These are not places for children. We hear about cold, damp – even rats.
“Young children are sharing beds with multiple family members, trying to play in dirty public corridors, and having to leave their block in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.”
Many of the children may be living in the new offices converted into flats that have sprung up around Harlow over the last two years.
YH will be interviewing Harlow Council’s portfolio holder for Housing, cllr Mark Wilkinson on Thursday evening.
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