Temporary accommodation (TA) is a broad term that describes temporary housing for people who are homeless. People who are placed here often have little or no tenancy rights.
Anyone can be placed in temporary accommodation by local authorities under the Housing Act 1996, providing they fit the criteria of being in priority need and are ‘vulnerable enough.’ This is often families with children, pregnant women, elderly people and individuals who are particularly vulnerable.
Others find themselves living in temporary accommodation through other means, such as placements under different legal duties held by either the National Probation Service or Adult Social Care. They can also end up there through a self-placement, where an individual can turn up and get a room.
Latest government figures show there are officially 99,270 homeless households (MHCLG, 2022) living in temporary accommodation.However, many people slip through the cracks and go unrecorded, therefore the real figures are likely to be much higher. All people living in temporary accommodation are hidden homeless because their experience of homelessness is not visible in the way that street homelessness (rough sleeping) is.