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Northampton is home repossession hot spot

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Northampton is among the areas in the East Midlands where home repossessions are most likely, a charity has said.

New figures released by housing and homelessness charity Shelter today present a worrying picture of the areas across the East Midlands where households are most at risk of becoming homeless.

The research reveals that in the 12 months to September 2012, the rate of repossessions in Northampton was one per 93 homes.

In Shelter’s league table, the town came behind Nottingham, which was top, Leicester and Mansfield.

Campbell Robb, chief Executive of Shelter said: “It’s truly shocking how many people in the East Midlands are living with the threat of becoming homeless. In some areas, the risk of being evicted or repossessed is so high that one home in every street could be affected.

“This report is a stark reminder that homelessness can happen to anyone – all it takes is one event such as a redundancy or relationship break up, and whole families are at risk of losing their home.

“This year more than 75,000 children will be homeless and living in temporary accommodation on Christmas Day.

“Shelter’s helpline and face to face advice services help prevent families from becoming homeless, and this Christmas we’re asking for everyone’s support so that we can carry on keeping families in their homes, and help them into a home should the worst happen.”

Visit shelter.org.uk to make a donation or Text HOMES to 87085 to give £3 to Shelter emergency Christmas appeal.

For advice, visit the Shelter website or call the Shelter helpline on 08088 004 444.

 

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