Almost 400 households found themselves at risk of eviction from their rented Wearside homes in the last year, says homelessness charity Shelter.
New research, which uses Ministry of Justice figures, shows one in every 128 rented households in the city was put at risk of losing their home.
Statistics from Shelter revealed 377 possession claims – the first step towards an eviction – issued by a landlord between October 1, 2014, and the end of September this year in Sunderland.
Director of services Alison Mohammed said: “We desperately need more support from the public to help us be there for these families and make sure no one has to fight homelessness on their own this Christmas.”
Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services Coun Graeme Miller, said: “We welcome reports such as these, which help raise awareness of the increased financial pressures on households living in private-rental accommodation.
“Sunderland City Council works closely with various partners to help and support both tenants and landlords, and takes a proactive approach to homelessness.
“This approach helps reduce the risk of people losing their homes and going into temporary accommodation.
“We would encourage anyone who feels that they are in danger of becoming homeless, to visit our website www.sunderland.gov.uk/housingadvice, or call 0191 520 551 where they will find further information to help with a variety of situations.”
To support Shelter’s Christmas appeal, visit the website www.shelter.org.uk or text SHELTER to 70060 to donate £3.