Families across Yorkshire and the Humber struggle to meet housing costs
New research has revealed millions of Yorkshire and the Humber families are struggling to meet their housing costs.
Research from YouGov and Shelter shows that one in three people in Yorkshire and the Humber – equivalent to 1.4 million people – say housing costs are causing stress and depression in their family.
More than one in four (1.2 million) in the region is also kept awake at night by the worry of paying their rent or mortgage.
The research shows how the struggle to pay the rent or mortgage is taking its toll on relationships among people in Yorkshire and the Humber, with more than one in four (1.2 million) saying that housing cost worries are causing arguments with their partner and other family members.
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This follows Shelter research earlier this month, showing that in Yorkshire and the Humber over 660,000 rent or mortgage payers are now constantly struggling to keep up with their housing payments.
Nationally, it found a 44 per cent increase in people constantly struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, with 7.8 million Brits now in that position.
Campbell Robb, Shelter chief executive, said: "These findings reveal the heartbreaking reality of living in fear of losing your home.
"Behind closed doors thousands of families in Yorkshire and the Humber face stress, sleepless nights and strained relationships as they desperately struggle to afford their housing bills.
"Too often people think there is no way out but Shelter is here to help.
"Anyone having difficulty paying the rent or mortgage should get advice now.
"Don't risk your home by leaving it too late."
Shelter is urging anyone worried about keeping up with their housing costs to seek advice at shelter.org.uk/housinghelp