The UK housing crisis is disproportionately affecting single mothers, homelessness charity Shelter has claimed.
The charity’s research shows that 92 per cent of single-parent families which became homeless were headed by women.
It found that 66 per cent of all families in England accepted by their local councils as homeless involved single mothers with dependent children, despite only making up 22 per cent of the general population.
Shelter CEO Polly Neate said: “We’re deeply concerned by the number of single parents – most of whom are women – being tipped into homelessness by our housing emergency. It is simply not right to allow families to suffer in this way.
“Balancing work and childcare can be difficult for any parent – add to that wildly unaffordable private rents, and the chronic shortage of social homes, and it’s no surprise so many are struggling to keep a roof over their children’s heads.”
The study also noted that the number of single parents becoming homeless is particularly high, with one in every 55 single parents forced onto the streets or into temporary housing last year. Contrastingly, only 1 in 438 couples with children became homeless.