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100,000 children in Britain will be
homeless this Christmas.

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100,000 is a hard number to get your head around

It’s the equivalent of four in every school in Britain. You may not see them on the streets, but they’re still homeless. Because they don’t have homes, they’re living in temporary accommodation.
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100,000 is a hard number to get your head around

Tom and his mum

As a Shelter Scotland supporter, you’ll know that most people have some preconceptions as to what a homeless person looks like. They probably picture someone very different to the seven-year-old boy in the photo.

A child’s Christmas should be exciting – eating too much, playing games with family... Wondering if they’ll see the presents they wished for under the tree.

But 100,000 children across Britain might not even have room for a tree – let alone space to sit around a table for Christmas dinner. Plus, their temporary accommodation might be hundreds of miles away from family and friends.

Can you imagine spending Christmas homeless, away from what you know? These children won’t have to – it’s reality.

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As part of Shelter Scotland's work to tackle homelessness, we run many different projects across Scotland. These projects are developed to address local needs, but also to demonstrate solutions for others to implement.

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