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Thousands of homeless families have been stuck in emergency accommodation for at least two years, reports the Independent. A chronic shortage of affordable homes in London is making it impossible for thousands of families to find a permanent home, leaving them living in limbo.
The housing shortage is affecting people around the country but the problem is particularly acute in the UK capital, where families are left struggling for years.
More than 4,000 homeless families in London (41 per cent) have been waiting two years or more to get a permanent home, according to data released by councils to Shelter under Freedom of Information laws. Of the London boroughs that responded to the FOI requests, more than half had families who had been waiting more than a year to get out of a hostel or bed and breakfast.