What’s it like to be homeless in Britain today – when you are ten years old?
BAFTA-winning film-maker Jezza Neumann follows two families for 18 months, from before they are evicted by their private landlords, through over a year in a homeless hostel and months of sofa-surfing with friends and family. Throughout this ordeal 11-year-old Ellie and 10-year-old JJ remain cheerful and resilient, trying to see what they are going through as an adventure that they will one day look back on and laugh about, once they finally have a home they can call their own once again.
But we also see the destructive impact that living with such uncertainty has on young lives, as this film brings to life before our eyes the dry statistics about how children’s education, their physical and mental health, and their future chances in life all suffer as a result of homelessness and eviction.
Record numbers of low-income tenants are being evicted by private landlords. As a result over 80,000 children are now living in temporary housing in the UK, three quarters of them in London. This sensitive film brings home just how destructive that experience can be. – No Place to Call Home – BBC
- Social housing stocks at an all time low
- 80,000 children living in temporary housing. 75% of which live in London
- Many more children, families and individuals will not be part of the statistics and will be living temporarily on friends and families floors and setees
- Since 2000 the number of private lets has almost doubled. This has now overtaken those in social housing for the first time.
- Children living in temporary housing lose on average 11 weeks of school a year due to house moving.
- Numbers of families placed in another local authority have gone up 26% in the past year
- 9 out of 10 are sent from london
- 300000 people are believed to be sofa surfing, the so-called “hidden homeless”
- Homeless children are 3-4 times more likely than other kids to develop mental health problems
- A quarter of London’s homeless spend 2 or more years in temporary accommodation