Shocking figures reveal plight of homeowners

Photo Ian Robinson'Homeless at Christmas'Posed by model
Photo Ian Robinson'Homeless at Christmas'Posed by model
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The number of calls taken from people struggling to pay for their homes in the North West has soared by over 99% in the last two years.

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter has launched an appeal calling for urgent support of its advice helpline as last year they spoke to more than 980 people in the region struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, or going into debt because of their housing costs.

The shocking figures reflect the growing number of people in the region facing an ongoing battle to keep up with their housing costs.

The charity is warning that with so many already living on a financial knife-edge, a job loss or serious illness can be all it takes to tip someone into a spiral that ends in homelessness.

The charity has heard shocking stories from across the country of families on the brink of losing their homes.

Shelter helpline adviser Nadeem Khan said: “Cut after cut to the housing safety net has left many families facing a downward spiral towards homelessness. We need more support than ever so that we can be there to answer every call for help.”

The charity is urging supporters to donate at