The recent release of the APPG report based on the Call for Evidence from households in Temporary Accommodation (TA) adds 81 individual testimonies describing life in TA to the growing evidence that too much TA is not fit for purpose. From disabled individuals unable to leave their room and women feeling unsafe among violent men, to children unable to develop physically and academically due to cramped and unsafe conditions, unsuitable TA is leaving a lasting negative impact on far too many. Between April 2019 and March 2022, staying in TA may have contributed to the sudden and unexpected deaths of 34 children, according to the National Child Mortality Database.
The negative impact of life in TA is clear. What is perhaps less clear is the lifelong effect it can have, long after settled accommodation has been achieved, in terms of ongoing trauma, ill health, missed opportunities and delayed development. Much like prison, it can be an excellent place to get introduced to drugs. The longer the stay in TA, the harder it will be to move on.