253,000, in England is at its highest level in 14 years, says a new report by charity Shelter.
Shelter's chief executive Polly Neate said: "Over a quarter of a million people - half of them children - are homeless and stuck in temporary accommodation. This should shame us all." She explained that, "With this deadly virus on the loose, 2020 has taught us the value of a safe home like never before. But too many are going without, because of the chronic lack of social homes."
68% of all homeless people living in temporary accommodation are in London, which amounts to 1 in 52 of the city's population. Outside of London, Luton has the highest rate of people in temporary accommodation (1 in 55), followed by Brighton and Hove (1 in 78), Manchester (1 in 93) and Birmingham (1 in 94).