The number of rough sleepers is thought to have nearly doubled in a year to almost 70, but the true figure is thought to be much higher.

The charity Shelter says the number of people living in temporary accommodation is 16,500 across the West Midlands.

Shelter’s chief executive Campbell Robb said: “Shelter’s founding shone a light on hidden homelessness in the sixties slums. But while those troubled times have faded into memory, 50 years on, a modern-day housing crisis is tightening its grip on our country.

We all face the consequences when so many in our country grow up without a place

to call home. It breaks up communities and wreaks havoc on family life.

For the sake of future generations, we must pull together to end this crisis and refuse to rest until every child has a place to call home.”

BBC Midlands Today’s Amy Cole reports