‘Shocking’ number of South Yorkshire families face eviction

Campbell Robb, chief exeuctive of Shelter
Campbell Robb, chief exeuctive of Shelter
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SHEFFIELD and Barnsley are two of the worst places in the Yorkshire region for evictions according to homelessness charity Shelter.

According to the charity, in the 12 months to September, 16,420 households across Yorkshire have been threatened with losing their home – some one in every 140.

But the rate is higher in Barnsley, the second worst place in the region behind Hull, with one in 104 homes being repossessed, and Sheffield is fourth, with a one in 114 rate.

The national average is one in 115.

Rates are one in 130 in Doncaster and one in 141 in Rotherham.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter said: “It’s truly shocking how many people are living with the threat of becoming homeless.”

The statistics come as Sheffield Cathedral’s Archer Project revealed it has experienced a steep rise in homeless and vulnerable people needing support as the economic crisis continues.

Managers at the centre believe the number of rough sleepers in the city centre could have doubled from nine to 18 in the last five years.

They also say the number of people calling at the Archer Project has increased from 65 a day to around 80 in the same period.