Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Families Left Homeless by Rioters' Fires Still Waiting to Be Rehoused

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Families Left Homeless by Rioters' Fires Still Waiting to Be Rehoused

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Byline: Rob Parsons

DOZENS of families left homeless by the riots that devastated Tottenham face another week of uncertainty before they can be given permanent places to live.

A week after buildings and shops were set ablaze during the first night of rioting in the capital last Saturday, many of the 40 households forced out by fire are yet to be re-homed. Some have been put up in hostels or bed and breakfasts in north London and others are staying with friends or family while new accommodation is found for them.

Most have been coming regularly to the community assistance centre at Tottenham Green leisure centre, where Haringey council staff and Salvation Army volunteers are providing housing advice and other help.

The base has seen huge numbers of donations of household items and clothes to help the riot victims get by in their new accommodation. Retail giants Ikea, Asda and Mothercare have also provided assistance.

Lisa Flemming, 36, was told she cannot return to her house in Tottenham for safety reasons after the building next door was badly damaged during the riots. She and her daughter Zay, three, have been staying at a hostel since last week and have no idea when they can go home.

Ms Flemming, a full-time carer, said: "We thought it was going to be a couple of days but we don't know when we will get something permanent. We didn't have anything on us, just the clothes on our backs.

"Hopefully we will be able to get our things back but right now we are starting from scratch. The donations to the leisure centre have been really good."

The leisure centre yesterday saw a "relentless" stream of affected residents requesting help and donors offering basic items.

All the riot victims have been given a set of household objects including a kettle, toaster, cutlery, crockery and a frying pan, but officials say it could be Friday before they are all found permanent places to live. …

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