Repossession crisis: Scores of Sunderland families face losing their homes

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ONE in every 172 households in Sunderland are at risk of losing their home, new figures reveal.

The research, based on data recorded by the Ministry of Justice and released by homeless charity Shelter, put the city well above the North East average of 121 households at risk of eviction or repossession.

South Tyneside topped the list with one in every 72 homes at risk, followed by Newcastle (one in 95), and Hartlepool (one in 104).

The charity is warning that sky-high housing costs are leaving more and more families teetering on a financial knife-edge. With little or no savings to fall back on.

It said 140 children in the region will wake up homeless this Christmas.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “Imagine the panic of receiving a notice through the door saying that you could lose your home – that’s the devastating reality for thousands of people every week.

“The sky-high cost of housing is making it harder and harder for families to keep a roof over their heads. With the stakes so high, all it can take is one piece of bad luck to send a family spiralling towards homelessness.

“Our advisers will be working non-stop this Christmas to support families who find themselves battling to keep their home – but our services are already over-stretched and we’re struggling to meet the demand.

“We desperately need more support from the public to help us make sure no-one is left to fight homelessness on their own this Christmas.”