In the week before Christmas 54 families came to Milton Keynes Council as actually homeless with no place to go. That is 11 families every day. This means a total of 590 families will be in Temporary Accommodation over the festive period.
Christmas and New Year will be tough this year for those families. Over 1000 children will be homeless. They will be crammed into a small amount of space, often sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities with other homeless families.
Of the 590 families in Temporary Accommodation, 15 will be in Bed and Breakfast accommodation because of the limited availability of Temporary Accommodation.
Homelessness has been rising since the summer when there were no families in B&Bs.
Cllr Nigel Long, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “I cannot think of anything worse than being homeless at Christmas. It is an indictment of our wealthy Country that this Government has allowed so many people to lose their homes week after week.”
He added: “590 families is less than last year, when 645 families were in Temporary Accommodation. But it is still a dreadful position.”
On Friday 21 December there were 61 rough sleepers provided with Temporary Accommodation through the Councils Housing First approach.
Cllr Long said:“No homeless person needs to sleep rough this Christmas. I am however aware of some people with Mental Health challenges who fear and resist help and support. The Council is working to help everyone to leave the streets this Christmas.”