Families at increased risk of homelessness as prevention services cut

09 Aug 2016
by Jon Leighton

Nearly 40% of families in the East Midlands could not afford to pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their income, new research by Shelter suggests.

This is certainly an alarming statistic but, sadly, it is not really surprising. The cost of housing remains far higher than many people can comfortably afford, so it is no surprise that they are spending more and more of their income on keeping a roof over their heads.

What makes this statistic especially concerning for us is that it comes at a time when our ability to help is being stretched as never before. The last few years have seen severe cuts to services that helped people in crisis and prevented them from becoming homeless.

These latest statistics show that these services are needed now more than ever.

My concern is that people who find themselves unable to pay the rent or mortgage will  find it harder to get the help and advice they need, and will end up losing their homes as a result.

My advice to anyone who is finding things difficult is to seek help at the earliest possible stage – from their local authority or directly from Framework.

Jon Leighton

*Jon is Framework's Operations Manager for Community-based services

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