Published: 16th Jan 2020

The charity Crisis says living in temporary housing can have a ‘devastating impact on people’s lives and mental health.’ Yet more people than ever are being forced into the situation, which can end up being anything but temporary. In 2019 a total of 84,740 households were reported to be living in temporary accommodation in the UK, including 126,020 children. If a household presents themselves as homeless, then the local authority has a duty to look into their case and offer support. The council will accept a full duty to find housing for an applicant if they are in priority need. To be in priority need, an applicant must have a mental or physical handicap, be classified as being homeless through no fault of their own and must also have a connection to the area. In this situation, the council will often house the applicant in temporary accommodation while they wait … (To read the full article, subscribe below)