Homelessness: Misery of the families forced to live on an industrial estate

0
14

  • London
  • Labour Party
  • Economics
  • UK politics
“We try never to be in — it’s not a home”: Shaney Pritchard shares a bed with her son Leo in emergency accommodation “We try never to be in — it’s not a home”: Shaney Pritchard shares a bed with her son Leo in emergency accommodationGuilhem Baker for the Times

Connect House is a run-down converted office block in the middle of an industrial estate, with vans and lorries roaring past and a commercial waste tip across the road. Windows are broken, damp is seeping through the walls and there is nowhere for children to play, but the concrete block in Mitcham, south London, is home to 86 families.

Many of them live crammed into one room, with just a bed, a kitchen in one corner and a tiny bathroom. A family of five share two rooms, with no table for the children to do homework. Drug addicts, domestic violence victims and babies live side by side, off long airless corridors smelling strongly of cannabis.

“This isn’t a good place to bring up kids,” says…

Want to read more?Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month.Start your free trial

  • London
  • Labour Party
  • Economics
  • UK politics