Shelter: 200,000 children threatened by eviction this winter

Some 200,000 children living in privately rented homes are at risk of being evicted this winter, housing charity Shelter has warned.

A YouGov poll shows that 104,000 private renting families had received an eviction notice in the last month or are currently behind on their rent – putting them in danger of losing their home.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “No child should have to worry about losing their home this Christmas, let alone 200,000. But so many families will spend every day with the threat of eviction looming over them, not knowing if they will still have a home next year.

“Eviction notices have started dropping on doormats and our services are working round the clock to help families who have nowhere else to go. Like it has before – the government needs to intervene to keep people safe in their homes. We urgently need more support for renters to protect them from eviction this winter.

“Thousands of families are teetering on a cliff edge. It’s only with the public’s support that we’ll be able to keep answering calls and help as many of them as possible keep the bailiffs at bay.”

The government banned evictions during the pandemic until June 2021, which proved costly to landlords with tenants who weren’t paying the rent.

Following the poll Shelter estimated that 55,000 children, along with their families, have been evicted or removed from their homes in the past three months.

In response Shelter is calling on the public to support its frontline advisers who are working seven days a week to help as many families as possible to find, or keep hold of, a safe home.

In October the government unveiled a £65m fund for rent arrears, which has been allocated to local councils to help households at risk of eviction of homelessness during the winter months.

However Shelter said this is insufficient.

The research also found that seven in 10 private renting families (71%) would struggle to find another home this winter if they lost theirs.

One in five renting parents (21%) say their children know they are struggling to pay rent, while one in 10 parents (11%) said their children worry about becoming homeless.

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  1. If only the public realised that donating to shelter does not provide shelter, housing or roofs over heads in any form or fashion. If the public want to donate for such services they might like to look at CRISIS or centre point who do take positive action to help keep the less fortunate safe. More positive and useful action than Shelter IMHO.

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