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WATCH: More Than 600 Homeless In Cornwall Right Now

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:04am 1st December 2016. (Updated at 5:54pm 1st December 2016)

More than 600 people are homeless in Cornwall right now - according to new research.

Figures seen by Pirate FM estimate there are 617 - that is one in every 900 living in the Duchy.

Charity Shelter did the research and warns we are in the middle of a modern-day housing crisis.

Mum Zhara did not want us to use her real name. She ended up homeless when her landlord whacked up the rent.

Zhara said: "I've not told many of the staff where I work that I'm homeless because I'm quite embarrassed to say it. I'm a teacher, I'm a single part and I'm homeless. I can't provide a house for my children; it's just heartbreaking.

"It breaks my heart - we're now coming up to Christmas and I can't put up a Christmas tree. I've always had a Christmas tree for my children. I've always had space to put the presents and I don't have that anymore. Everything has been taken away from me".

 

The report, released by Shelter, is based on the most up-to-date government statistics, freedom of information requests and other homelessness data.

It estimates that across the south-west, more than nine thousand people are homeless at the moment.

The research, to mark the charity's 50th anniversary, is inspired by the original 'Green Book' - the report that launched the charity in 1966 and exposed the grim reality of life for homeless families at the time.

It warns the modern-day study also paints a bleak and desperate picture of a 21st century housing crisis affecting families across the nation.

The new Green Book also identified the South West's top 20 'homelessness hotspots' where people are most likely to lose the battle to stay in their homes. Bristol topped the list with 1 in 199 people living without a home. Cornwall was 10th on the list - at 1 in 892.

Shelter's chief executive Campbell Robb said: "Shelter's founding shone a light on hidden homelessness in the sixties slums. But while those troubled times have faded into memory, fifty years on a modern day housing crisis is tightening its grip on our country.

"Thousands of people in the South West will face the trauma of waking up homeless this Christmas. Decades in the making, this is the tragic result of a nation struggling under the weight of sky-high rents, a lack of affordable homes, and cuts to welfare support.

"We all face the consequences when so many grow up without a place to call home. It breaks up communities and wreaks havoc on family life. For the sake of future generations we must pull together to end this crisis, and refuse to rest until every child has a place to call home".

Shelter's co-founder Des Wilson said: "It would be pleasing if Shelter were able to take time to celebrate its 50th year, but, as this report shows, it is too aware of what still has to be done. I hope the country will respond to its urgent rallying call with the same combination of anger and compassion with which it supported our work all those years ago".

Watch the frightening story about children facing homelessness this Christmas or - Read more about Shelter's Christmas appeal.

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