New figures released by housing and homelessness charity Shelter today present a worrying picture of the areas across the East of England where households are most at risk of becoming homeless.
The research reveals that in the 12 months to September 2012, 19,040 households have been threatened with losing their home1, leaving 1 in every 132 households at risk of becoming homeless.
The problem is most extreme in urban areas, with Peterborough, Stevenage and Luton revealed as the region’s top hotspots. In Peterborough, the risk of losing your home is nearly double the national average.
There is also wide variation throughout the region, with Peterborough residents nearly five times as likely to be at risk than those living in South Norfolk.
The top eviction risk hotspots are:
England 1 in 115
1. Peterborough 1 in 68
2. Stevenage 1 in 71
3. Luton 1 in 73
4. Thurrock 1 in 80
5. Hertsmere 1 in 86
6. Harlow 1 in 87
7. Ipswich 1 in 96
8. Norwich 1 in 100
9. Bedford 1 in 101
10. Southend-on-Sea 1 in 106
Campbell Robb, chief Executive of Shelter said: “It’s truly shocking how many people in the East of England are living with the threat of becoming homeless. In some areas, the risk of being evicted or repossessed is so high that one home in every street could be affected.
“This report is a stark reminder that homelessness can happen to anyone – all it takes is one event such as a redundancy or relationship break up, and whole families are at risk of losing their home.
“This year more than 75,000 children will be homeless and living in temporary accommodation on Christmas Day. Shelter’s helpline and face to face advice services help prevent families from becoming homeless, and this Christmas we’re asking for everyone’s support so that we can carry on keeping families in their homes, and help them into a home should the worst happen.”
Visit shelter.org.uk to make a donation or Text HOMES to 87085 to give £3 to Shelter emergency Christmas appeal.
For advice, visit the Shelter website or call the Shelter helpline on 08088 004 444.