18 homeless kids in area

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There are 18 children homeless this Christmas in Amber Valley, Shelter warned this week.

The figure was revealed as the homeless charity highlighted the fact that more than 900 children in the East Midlands will wake up homeless on Christmas Day, enough to fill four primary schools in the region.

Of particular concern is the increase in families forced to live in B&Bs in the East Midlands, which has increased by 21 per cent in the last year.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “It’s easy to think of homelessness as single people sleeping rough. What people don’t often consider is the rising numbers of families who, through no fault of their own, have lost their home and have no permanent roof over their heads. For people with children, ‘sofa surfing’ with friends and family often just isn’t a realistic option.”

The main triggers of homelessness include relationship breakdowns, job losses, and landlords ending renters’ tenancies.

Mr Robb added: “We need everyone’s support in the coming months so our advisors can help prevent families from becoming homeless, and help them into a home if the worst should happen.”

Visit shelter.org.uk to make a donation or Text HOMES to 87085 to give £3.