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Kids out

May 25th 2009
Sixty children become homeless every day in Scotland, according to figures in a report published recently by Citizens Advice Scotland. Since 2000, homelessness has risen steadily, with many more kids affected. Scottish Government figures show that almost 20,000 young people aged 16-24 were homeless in 2006/07, which means 1 in 30 young people in Scotland. This data does not include those children - so called "hidden homeless" - who leave their homes and find a temporary place to stay in a friend's house. The study outlines that young people usually leave home after an argument with a member of their family, without any alternative accommodation or the essential skills to sustain a tenancy on their own. Furthermore, the report also found a 27 per cent increase in the number of families with children in temporary accommodation over three years. Families are living in cramped conditions in B&Bs for months due to the lack of housing. One 16-year-old female in the South of Scotland who was ordered from home by her mother is now living in a tent due to a lack of suitable accommodation. Regarding the future, the image seems set to get even more grim and uncertain in the current financial situation. Shelter Scotland's director Graeme Brown said: "A decent, warm, safe home is crucial to all aspects of children's well being."

April 2009



Why don’t they leave?

Poncho's back

Building a bicycle club

Booze to the door

Rough sleeper


Discussion on move-ons

A new Scottish alliance

Murder rumour unfounded

US white-collar homeless

A strange invitation

Your own budget

Croydon hut eviction

Riverside rent rise

Tent City to be shut down

A plea to Obama

Why referrals stopped

Shelter from the Storm

Street Shield 4: The Villains!

Glasgow residents complain

Edinburgh charities compete for funds

Kids out

Section 11

One Life, coming soon to cinemas

30,000 Scots now homeless


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