This spring, almost 7,500 people in Wales will be without a home.
An alarming number of people will be living in hostels, B&Bs, hotels or flats with insufficient space for eating and sleeping.
This ‘temporary accommodation’ is intended to be short-term, but the housing crisis means that people could be stuck here for several months or even years, with little hope for a permanent home. Conditions can be cramped, with families sometimes living in one room and forced to eat dinner on the bed or floor.
Natalie and her four year old daughter have been without a home since February 2021. With low windows and exposed wires, their temporary accommodation is unsafe and Natalie is fearful of her daughter coming to harm.
“She hates it here. She cries every time we return and the noise from outside at night frightens her.”
Every child deserves a safe place to call home. Shelter Cymru is supporting Natalie to secure a permanent home in a suitable area; somewhere her daughter can play and get a good night’s sleep and where they can build a secure future together.
“I just don’t want this life for her.”
An unprecedented number of people in temporary accommodation are turning to us for advice and support; our caseload has increased by more than a third in the last year. Our team are working tirelessly to help people across Wales stand up for their rights, get back on their feet, and find and keep a good home.
But we can’t do it without you.
Despite the extra help put in place during the pandemic, homelessness in Wales is not a thing of the past. Your donation to Shelter Cymru could mean the difference between people finding and keeping a safe home, or sleeping on the streets.
Give parents like Natalie a safe place to raise their children.
**Natalie’s story is based on real events. Her name has been changed to protect her identity.