Published On: Mon, Jan 5th, 2015 on 1:26 am

Housing payment fears affecting over 700,000 in Yorkshire and the Humber

StressedOver 700,000 people in the Yorkshire and the Humber region fear they will miss their rent or mortgage payments this month, according to research.

Research carried out by housing charity Shelter and YouGov suggested that one in seven (14%) are worried they will be unable to make payments this January.

56% of mortgage payers in the region are already struggling to keep up with costs.

Shelter highlighted the case of a woman from Yorkshire named Katharine who feared she wouldn’t be able to meet her rent payments each month.

She said: “I’ve borrowed money from family and even had to stop paying bills to keep the roof over my children’s heads. It’s horrible to start another year not knowing if I can afford to keep my home.”

Shelter has warned that ignoring money worries could lead to homes being put at risk.

According to the research, which was carried out in November last year, 24% of people in the region said they would feel too ashamed to ask for help if they were struggling with housing payments.

Shelter’s helpline adviser, Nadeem Khan, said: “Everyday at Shelter we hear from people who are feeling overwhelmed by mounting rent or mortgage bills, as the increasing pressure of sky high housing costs continues to take its toll.

“Many have spent a long time thinking they have nowhere to turn and are often close to breaking point by the time they come to us. If you’re in this situation, it’s so important to remember you’re not alone and that help is available.”

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