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14 children become homeless in the West Midlands every day

New data from Shelter has revealed that more than 7,000 children across the region are homeless and living in temporary accommodation

Its been revealed that child homelessness has gone up by 242% in the last 5 years; a 12 year high.

670 families with children living in emergency B&Bs and hostels. Shelter says they are often squashed into one room with little space to cook, play or eat their meals; are forced to share bathrooms with strangers; and the accommodation is often located miles away from schools, jobs and loved ones.

Urban areas such as Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton are some of the worst affected. However, the Rose Grayston, poverty manger for the charity, says many rural areas have an issue with "hidden homeless" families where they may be living in cars and tents but not reported to the local authorities

You can hear more from our interview with Rose Grayston, here:

Shelter are calling on the next government to give councils more resources and control over building social and affordable housing for families in the region.

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