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60,000 London families at risk of homelessness

20th December 2013
According to research published yesterday, almost 60,000 London families face the threat of losing their homes this Christmas.

Commissioned by a homelessness charity, the research looked at court orders and evictions, and identified certain areas across the country where the risk of being made homeless is greatest. Across the country, one in every 105 households on average is at risk of repossession or eviction, although some areas are more at risk than others.

The London Borough of Newham comes out as the worst in the country, with one in 35 households having had a court order made against it this year and the seriousness of capital’s housing crisis is apparent, with the London boroughs dominating the top twenty crisis hotspots.

“The fact that London has such high rents and house prices puts people at a particular disadvantage,” said Keith Fernett, Director of Newham homeless charity Anchor House. “Many families are living paycheck to paycheck and things like zero-hours contracts, pay day loans and benefits cuts are resulting in a society where the poorest are excluded and more people than ever are on the brink of losing their home.

“This year at Anchor House, our occupancy rate has been around 99.2% and even though our residents are getting jobs, it is still a struggle to find a place to live. The reality of ‘affordable’ housing in London requires a salary of at least £30,000 just to rent a flat, and we as a society have got some serious thinking to do if we’re going to solve this.”


MEDIA CONTACT:

Jazmine Sandison, Marketing and Communications
Anchor House, 81 Barking Road, London E16 4HB
Phone: 020 7476 6062
Email: communications@anchorhouseuk.org


EDITOR'S NOTE:

Anchor House is a nationally acclaimed homeless charity, which addresses the root causes of homelessness; substance misuse; poor mental health; unemployment; lack of skills/education and a history of offending. It is a registered charity providing accommodation for up to 220 single homeless people each year. It also provides a wide range of accredited vocational training courses in construction, electrical, plumbing and distance learning for both residents and the local community. The charity is located in Canning Town, in the London Borough of Newham, the third most deprived borough in England and Wales.