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#Harlow: 1 in 169 are homeless a shocking report by Shelter shows

15 Dec #Harlow: 1 in 169 are homeless a shocking report by Shelter shows

Life on the margins: Over a quarter of a million without a home in England today

A shocking new report by Shelter has revealed that 1 in 169 Harlow people residing in Harlow are homeless. Basildon was another Essex town with some 1,039 people estimated to be homeless this leading up to more than a quarter of a million people who are homeless in England.For the very first time, housing charity Shelter has analysed the most up to date statistics from a variety of sources to reveal the true scale of homelessness in the country. This combination of government statistics, freedom of information requests, and other published homelessness data puts the total number of people homeless at almost 255,000.

To mark Shelter’s founding 50 years ago today, the research is inspired by the charity’s original ‘Green Book’ – the report that launched Shelter in 1966 and exposed the grim reality of life for homeless families at the time. Sadly, the modern-day study also paints a bleak and desperate picture of a 21st century housing crisis affecting families across the nation.

Shelter’s chief executive Campbell Robb said: “Shelter’s founding shone a light on hidden homelessness in the sixties slums.  But while those troubled times have faded into memory, fifty years on a modern day housing crisis is tightening its grip on our country.

“Hundreds of thousands of people will face the trauma of waking up homeless this Christmas. Decades in the making, this is the tragic result of a nation struggling under the weight of sky-high rents, a lack of affordable homes, and cuts to welfare support.

“We all face the consequences when so many in our country grow up without a place to call home. It breaks up communities and wreaks havoc on family life. For the sake of future generations we must pull together to end this crisis, and refuse to rest until every child has a place to call home.”

To support Shelter’s urgent Christmas appeal and help families like Mandie’s please visit or text SHELTER to 70555 to donate £3.