Housing charity Shelter says thousands in limbo in temporary accommodation in London

Housing charity says thousands in limbo in temporary accommodation

Housing charity says thousands in limbo in temporary accommodation

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A charity is calling for support from the public to help councils in the capital cope with families in temporary accommodation.

Housing charity Shelter says thousands of families in London are living in limbo in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation as councils struggle to cope.

The comments come after Harrow Borough Council announced last week that it would have to move up to 50 homeless families out of London as the authority could no longer afford to house them in temporary accommodation.

The council says it does not have enough stock to house people in the borough and keeping them in B&Bs costs the authority £1.4million a year.

Shelter chief executive Campbell Rob said: “It’s appalling that in one of the wealthiest cities in the world there are forgotten homeless children, hidden from view in temporary accommodation that offers them no stability and that can be unsafe and in poor condition.

“And sadly, with more people struggling to make ends meet, we’re bracing ourselves for an increase in demand from families who desperately need our help.

“In the meantime, we urgently need more support to make sure our expert advisers can continue to be there for families facing homelessness day after day.”

Harrow also plans to house people in empty council housing stock when it becomes available. It is estimated about 80 families will be part of this scheme.

They authority has one of the smallest housing stocks in London with fewer than 5,000 homes under its control.

During the past 20 years the council has approximately half of its housing stock though government policies such as right to buy.

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6:59pm Thu 7 Aug 14

concerned British citizen says...

Well we have to say Harrow council are a total disgrace and law unto themselves when it comes to helping British citizens struggling with homelessness in Harrow.
We have been left to rot in a small cramped single room for over a year by Harrow council who will not help us presumably out of spite for seeking help according to the law from Harrow Council.
As taxpayers for all our working life how can Harrow council get away with punishing homeless Harrow and British people for speaking up for themselves..??
So its worse than leaving people in temporary accomodation by Harrow council God help yopu if you ever need any help from Harrow Council because our experience is they are the most devious and corrupt bunch of people we have ever come across.

John and Linda - Homeless in Harrow for ove a year without any help according to the law from Harrow council whatsoever except deliberate and vindictive hindrance.
Well we have to say Harrow council are a total disgrace and law unto themselves when it comes to helping British citizens struggling with homelessness in Harrow. We have been left to rot in a small cramped single room for over a year by Harrow council who will not help us presumably out of spite for seeking help according to the law from Harrow Council. As taxpayers for all our working life how can Harrow council get away with punishing homeless Harrow and British people for speaking up for themselves..?? So its worse than leaving people in temporary accomodation by Harrow council God help yopu if you ever need any help from Harrow Council because our experience is they are the most devious and corrupt bunch of people we have ever come across. John and Linda - Homeless in Harrow for ove a year without any help according to the law from Harrow council whatsoever except deliberate and vindictive hindrance. concerned British citizen
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9:51pm Thu 7 Aug 14

concerned British citizen says...

And Bruce...its much worse than that...who is counting the families totally ignored and offered no help whatsoever like our family - who lost our home through no fault of our own and did not ask for any help except which is accounted for by the UK governemnt law - we are still homeless in Harrow for over a year later with no help whatsoever..? except lip service and a huge dollop of spitefulness and hindrance for speaking openly and truthfully on the deceitfullness of Harrow Council Housing.
Harrow Council treats its homeless worse than animals in our opinion - and they have zero accountability and carry on and misinform anyone that enquires on behalf of homeless families - with impunity.
They have zero transparency - zero accountabilty - and zero credibility.
They are a total waste of taxpayers money and have a total lack of respect for the law on helping homeless families in Harrow thats the truth on Harrow Council Housing.
And Bruce...its much worse than that...who is counting the families totally ignored and offered no help whatsoever like our family - who lost our home through no fault of our own and did not ask for any help except which is accounted for by the UK governemnt law - we are still homeless in Harrow for over a year later with no help whatsoever..? except lip service and a huge dollop of spitefulness and hindrance for speaking openly and truthfully on the deceitfullness of Harrow Council Housing. Harrow Council treats its homeless worse than animals in our opinion - and they have zero accountability and carry on and misinform anyone that enquires on behalf of homeless families - with impunity. They have zero transparency - zero accountabilty - and zero credibility. They are a total waste of taxpayers money and have a total lack of respect for the law on helping homeless families in Harrow thats the truth on Harrow Council Housing. concerned British citizen
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