Hundreds still in emergency accommodation after Grenfell Tower fire

Theresa May had set a three-week deadline for everyone left homeless after the blaze to be found a new home

Hundreds still in emergency accommodation after Grenfell Tower fire

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Three weeks on from the Grenfell Tower fire and hundreds of residents are still living in emergency accommodation after refusing offers of temporary housing.

The authority responsible for managing the relief operation, the Grenfell Response Team, has confirmed 139 offers of housing have been made but only nine have been accepted.

There are 19 families who asked not to be contacted - some are too traumatised or are out of the country.

Speaking in the aftermath of the tragedy - which left at least 80 people dead or missing and hundreds of others homeless - British Prime Minister Theresa May said she had fixed a deadline of three weeks for "everybody affected to be found a home nearby".

In their latest newsletter, the Grenfell Response Team said they are committed to ensuring everyone made homeless by the blaze receives an offer.

They write: "Accepting a new temporary home isn’t a decision to be rushed and housing officers will talk people through the options - nobody will be forced into a property that isn’t suitable to their needs.

"We are making every effort to ensure people have the right support around them and we want to provide everyone affected by the fire with the following reassurances."

The team adds that they will make sure all accommodation offered is "right for each individual or family".

The British government last month announced that some families left homeless by the blaze will be rehoused in a luxury apartment complex in London.