Homeless problem at Christmas

Shelter has given a warning about homelessness this Christmas.
Shelter has given a warning about homelessness this Christmas.
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A NEW report is hoping to highlight the problem of homelessness in Sunderland and across the North East.

Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, analysed the risk of eviction by a landlord or mortgage lender for homes in local authorities across England.

The research reveals that Newcastle has the highest risk of eviction in the North East, with Sunderland in ninth place.

Between October 2010 and September 2011, there were a total of 11,165 possession claims made on homes across the North East.

The region has the second highest risk of eviction in England, aside from London.

The report shows that areas with high unemployment tend to be hit hardest by high eviction rates – news that comes just weeks after figures revealed the highest unemployment rate since 1996.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “As Christmas approaches, this research paints a frightening picture of thousands of families in the North East living every day with the fear of losing their home hanging over their heads.”

He added: “It’s sobering to see that so many communities are blighted by the risk of eviction.”