Families face risk of losing their homes, says homeless charity

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ONE in every 103 households in the north west are at risk of eviction or repossession, according to new statistics released by Shelter.

The charity has identified the areas in the region where people face the highest likelihood of losing their home, as part of its emergency fundraising appeal to help homeless children this Christmas.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “It is heart-breaking to see that so many people in the north west face spending Christmas with the threat of losing their home hanging over them. This is a frightening reminder that homelessness can happen to anyone.

“Times are tough, and these days it doesn’t take much to tip a family into the spiral that leads to homelessness. The government needs to rebuild our shredded housing safety net so that it’s there to catch those that fall on hard times, and allow them to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

“We are urging anyone who can to donate to our Christmas appeal and make sure we can be there for every family facing homelessness, because no-one should be left to fight this battle on their own.”

New data released earlier this month showed that 820 children in the North West face waking up homeless on Christmas morning.

To make sure that Shelter can be there for everyone who needs them this Christmas, the charity has launched an emergency fundraising appeal to support its work helping homeless families.

To support Shelter’s emergency Christmas appeal visit shelter.org.uk or text HOME to 87080 and donate £3 to answer a call for help.

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