Published On: Wed, Nov 19th, 2014 on 1:22 am

A homeless Christmas: Charity sees ‘heartbreaking’ surge in calls from Yorkshire

Homeless Children Christmas

Over 2,000 people on the brink of homelessness in Yorkshire and the Humber have had to call housing and homelessness charity Shelter over the last year.

The charity recorded a total of 2,055 people at risk of homelessness in the region calling the Shelter helpline from October 2013 to September 2014.

According to Shelter, the number of callers from Yorkshire and the Humber to the helpline rose to more than 13,500 in the last year, an increase of 19% from 2012.

Recent analysis of government statistics also revealed that 46 households in the region are also at risk of losing their home each day.

Shelter helpline adviser, Nadeem Khan, said: “It’s so heart-breaking to hear from families struggling to keep a roof over their heads, especially around this time of year.

“Hearing the panic in a parent’s voice when they’ve just been evicted or had their home repossessed never gets any easier. Sadly, every year we get more and more of these calls over the holidays, and this Christmas will be no different.”

Shelter is partly funded by Marks & Spencer (M&S), which has been supporting the helpline through a limited edition Christmas Food on the Move range and Christmas cards.

Since 1998, Marks & Spencer and customers has raised over £7.5 million for the charity.

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