The numbers of children who are in temporary accommodation will hit an eight-year high this Christmas.
According to statistics from leading homeless charity Shelter, there will be 120,000 children who are homeless this festive season.
That figure is the highest since 2007 when there were 133,000 youngsters living in temporary accommodation.
Compared to last Christmas, the numbers are up by 12 per cent.
Shelter said that councils struggling with sweeping budget cuts as well as the rising cost and shortage of housing were finding it hard to provide suitable homes for families.
In its Desperate to Escape report, it explained that, as a result, more families were left in temporary accommodation with no way to move on anywhere else.
The charity took statistics for England, Scotland and Wales for the second quarter of 2016, finding that a total of 121,455 youngsters were living in temporary housing.
Of those, 12,903 were classed as being in emergency accommodation, which included hostels and B&Bs. Numbers in emergency accommodation had more than doubled from the 5,731 recorded five years ago.
As well as carrying out number crunching, Shelter carried out in-depth interviews with 25 families living in emergency accommodation, including on the sofas of friends or family. Half of those had been in emergency accommodation for more than half a year.
Families said they had concerns for their children’s mental and emotional health, which they felt had been directly affected by living in such a state of flux.
Parents said their youngsters suffered from anxiety, felt isolated from their friends and often could not get to sleep. They also said that their children had suffered development delays because of their homeless state.
Every family who took part in the survey was living in just a single room and more than half of parents were sharing a bed with their youngsters.
More than three-quarters of families said they worried that where they were living was not safe. Some said they had witnessed drug abuse and fighting where they were staying, and that there were often strangers asleep in corridors outside their rooms.
Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb, said that these were just a cross-section of the struggles his team heard from desperate parents every day.
He added: “Imaging having to eat all of your meals on the floor, share a bed with the rest of your family, or being too frightened to leave your room at night – these are things no parent wants their child to endure.”