Maria’s story: the human cost of ‘temporary’ housing

‘We have got a letter to state we are moving out of our dungeon in four weeks. But where to? My blood boils with nerves. Wondering if they will put us in another place like this. I have to stay strong, not only for myself but for my parents as well. I am 14, old enough to understand the consequences of moving. We have to fight for a fairytale – because it does not exist.’ – Maria, 14, north London, on what life is like for the 56,280 families who live – often for many years – in temporary accommodation across London.

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The tragic meaning of a raw statistic

Picture Wembley Stadium full of 90,000 people. It helps to grasp the tragic meaning of the following raw statistic: 84,740 households across England were living in ‘temporary accommodation’ at the end of March 2019. 56,280 of these households are forced to live in this precarious state across London, one of the richest cities on Earth. Why?

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