According to a YouGov poll conducted by Shelter, 104,000 people in privately rented houses have received eviction notices or are behind on their rent and are at risk of losing homes in the UK. Poll estimated that 55000 children with their families were already being evicted from their rental apartments in the previous three months.
The estimation is 200,000 children have to leave their houses after Christmas, said Charity Shelter.
A landlord gave an eviction notice to a 48-year-old woman named Kat, who is a mother of three. She will have to leave home by 18 January 2022, and she is struggling to find a new shelter. Kat works as a midwife, and she refused to give her last name in the interview. She works full-time as a caretaker for dementia and Parkinson’s patient
Midwife Kat, who did not disclose her last name, is caring for a relative with Parkinson’s disease and dementia full-time in addition to looking after her three sons, ages 15,12 and eight.
She said: “My children also have a right to live safe and secure.
This eviction will leave a harmful impact on my child mind. They are well aware that we are on the edge of becoming homeless, which directly influences their mental health. Even my eight-year son is well aware that we don’t have a home, and as a parent, I am helpless.
The children are in trauma because they know they have to leave their home after Christmas eve. I say to them, ” We will put a beautiful Christmas tree in our home and try to enjoy the fullest. And after Christmas, we will find another shelter for ourselves.
I am apprehensive about what my kids will think about me. They may feel that they are homeless just because of me. “I am the reason they don’t have a shelter on their head”.
According to Shelters research, 71% of renting families will struggle to find another house this winter, and 21% of youngsters are aware that their parents have financial difficulties.
11 percent of those polled indicated their children were concerned about being homeless.
The charity suggested to the public to cooperate with them by giving them shelter.
“No child has to worry about losing their home this Christmas,” said Shelters chief executive, Polly Neate.
We urgently need more support from renters to protect them from eviction this winter. Thousands of families are in worry about losing their homes.It’s only possible with public support that we can help them