21st August 2019

Bleak houses

Tackling the crisis of family homelessness in England

Growing up in a stable, healthy and secure home is so important for any child. Yet we know there are thousands of children in England who are living in homeless families, stuck in poor quality temporary accommodation, often with low prospects of finding something permanent. There are many others who are at risk of ending up homeless.

This report shines a light on this homelessness crisis and shares the experiences of some of those children.

Earlier this year, we visited children and families living in temporary accommodation, and spoke with them and some of the frontline professionals who work with them. We also carried out new data analysis to identify the scale of the problems.

Key Statistics


120,000

children living in temporary accommodation

90,000

'sofa surfing' children

375,000

children in families at financial risk of becoming homeless

585,000

children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless