Concerns over homelessness in Yorkshire

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Over 26,000 calls were made to councils in Yorkshire and the Humber in the past year from people worried about becoming homeless, new figures from charity Shelter have revealed.

The shocking findings show the figure has risen by 54 per cent in the past five years.

In the last year, over 3,000 households in the region ultimately lost their struggle and were made officially homeless.

And Shelter’s own helpline took 31,000 calls in Yorkshire and the Humber.

One in six of those calls were from people who feared they could lose their home in the next month.

Shelter have said they are facing even more calls over the festive period.

The charity is calling on support from the public to ensure that fewer people are made homeless over the next year.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “It’s truly devastating to hear that so many people – including families with children – are teetering on the brink of homelessness.

“It’s heart-breaking to imagine one child waking up homeless and in unstable temporary accommodation on Christmas morning, yet we know that over 100,000 children across the country are facing exactly that fate.

“Sadly, the combination of our affordable housing shortage and cuts to welfare means that more and more parents are finding themselves struggling to keep a stable roof over their children’s heads.

“That’s why we desperately need the public’s support this Christmas, to help us be there so that no family has to fight homelessness on their own.”

Over one in ten of the 200,000 calls made nationally to councils were from our region.

Shelter provides people worried about the risk of becoming homeless with advice, support and legal services.

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