why support shelter

Shelter isn’t just a homeless charity—it helps over a million people a year struggling with bad housing and homelessness, and campaigns to prevent it in the first place. Along with support people through other crises such are financial issues and family problems.

They also have a free advice line, helping people through some of the toughest circumstances so that no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

I have had personal dealings with Shelter too, on 3 occasions they have helped to prevent me from becoming homeless by advising me and acting as an advocate, and and 2 others they have helped to find me a place to live. Without them I am not sure where I would be now, and this can be said for many others, most of whom having had worse experiences

to illustrate how much Shelter is needed here are some statistics:

  • According to the English Housing Survey in 2011 there were 3349 homes which failed to meet minimum standards (HHSRS is a system based on assessments of the risks to potential tenants)
  • In England, more than one million children live in overcrowded conditions (DCLG English Housing Survey)
  • Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups are around 6 times as likely as white households to be overcrowded. BME households account for more than 40% of overcrowded households. (DCLG English Housing Survey)
  • 3 million people in the UK are driven into poverty because of the high relative cost of their housing (National Statistics (2013) Households Below Average Income: an analysis of the income distribution 1994/5-2011/12, DWP)
  • 48% of children in poverty live in homeowner households (National Statistics (2013) Households Below Average Income: an analysis of the income distribution 1994/5-2011/12, DWP)
  • Children living in bad housing are almost twice as likely to suffer from poor health as other children. (Shelter (2006), Against the Odds)
  • There is a direct link between childhood tuberculosis and overcrowding. (ODPM (2004) The impact of overcrowding on health and education: a review of the evidence and literature.)
  • Mothers living in bad housing are almost three times as likely as other mothers to be clinically depressed. (Shelter (2006), Against the Odds)
  • Children living in bad housing are nearly twice as likely as other children to leave school without any GCSEs. (Shelter (2006), Against the Odds)
  • Homeless children are two to three times more likely to be absent from school than other children due to the disruption caused by moving into and between temporary accommodation. (Vostanis P, Grattan E, Cumella S, Winchester C (1997) Psychosocial functioning of homeless children Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 36 (7), 881-889; Vostanis P and Cumella S (1999) Homeless children: problems and needs)
  • In England, more than 55,000 homeless households were living in temporary accommodation at the end of March 2013 (DCLG Homelessness Statistics)
  • In 2012 there were an estimated 6437 people sleeping on the streets in London (Combined Homelessness and Information Network)

please if you can sponsor my Tough Mudder trial in order to support Shelter in all there work – http://www.justgiving.com/mudding-for-shelter

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One response to “why support shelter

  • tony bigcharles

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    i have aspergers and am homeless, sleeping outside every night. too scared of going to a shelter because i am white, and have a laptop, and that would make me a target of being robbed and assualted because i dont know how to fight. will someone PLEASe get me into a safe shelter in a small town anywhere in the usa? preferably on public transportation and near a poker game. am hiding out in rich suburbs hassled by security because im too afraid of going into the inner cities, where is a shelter where its safe???? read my blog about trying to survive. sevencard2003.blogspot.com

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