33,000 working homeless Homelessness charity Shelter has found that more than half of homeless families are working – that’s 33,000 families. Homelessness charity Shelter has found that more than half of homeless families are working – that’s 33000 families. Parents are working long hours to provide for their families and returning to temporary accommodation, which is not suitable for a healthy family life. Shelter argues that expensive private rents, a housing benefit freeze and a lack of social housing are responsible for this shocking statistic. This finding also serves as a reminder to challenge our preconceptions about homelessness – homeless people are not lazy but are often working as hard as they can, yet are unable to save up enough for a deposit on a property. Being homeless also makes it harder to find or keep a job, so it is difficult to avoid a downward spiral – charity Stop, Start, Go found that most people lose their job within two weeks of becoming homeless. This article shows the importance of the stable accommodation DASH provides to our residents whilst they find secure employment.