One in 87 households in Northampton are at risk of eviction or having their home repossessed, a charity has said.
The research by Shelter, based on recorded court cases, found that Newham, in London, where one in 35 homes are at risk, has the highest risk in England. Areas in London occupied the first 16 positions in its table.
Northampton lay in 60th place with 1,022 mortgage and landlord possession claims in 12 months.
Shelter said housing costs are rising quickly and welfare cuts are continuing to have an impact and the charity is bracing itself for a record number of calls this Christmas from families on the brink of homelessness.
Campbell Robb, chief executive, said : “It is heart-breaking to see that so many people in the East Midlands face spending Christmas with the threat of losing their home hanging over them. This is a frightening reminder that homelessness can happen to anyone.
“Times are tough, and these days it doesn’t take much to tip a family into the spiral that leads to homelessness.
“The Government needs to rebuild our shredded housing safety net so that it’s there to catch those that fall on hard times, and allow them to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”
The charity has identified the areas in the region where people face the highest likelihood of losing their home, as part of its emergency fundraising appeal to help homeless children this Christmas.
Other hotspots where there is a high risk of repossession or eviction include Corby where Shelter says one in 74 homes are in danger.
To support Shelter’s emergency Christmas appeal visit shelter.org.uk or text HOME to 87080 and donate £3 to answer a call for help.
Mr Robb said: “We are urging anyone who can to donate to our Christmas appeal and make sure we can be there for every family facing homelessness, because no-one should be left to fight this battle on their own.”