Housing and homelessness charity Shelter has launched an appeal calling for urgent support of its advice helpline, as the number of calls taken from people struggling to pay for their homes in the South East soars by over 69% in the last two years.
Last year the helpline spoke to more than 1070 people in the region struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, or going into debt because of their housing costs. Overall, calls to the charity from people in the South East rose by 25% over the same period.
The shocking figures reflect the growing number of people in the region facing an ongoing battle to keep up with their housing costs. The charity is warning that with so many already living on a financial knife-edge, a job loss or serious illness can be all it takes to tip someone into a spiral that ends in homelessness.