Sharon Dewison has been facing the prospect of losing her home for the past year. She is a single parent with children in school and is fearful for the prospect of uprooting her family and being forced into homelessness.
Shelter is warning that despite the beginnings of economic recovery, growing numbers of families are still set to struggle financially in the future.
Shelter chief executive Shelter Campbell Rob said the research shows that many families are struggling and continue to be at risk of homelessness:
Households in London are at highest risk of having their home repossessed, new figures from Shelter show.
In London one in every 54 homes are at risk, the charity says. The top ten areas are as follows:
- Newham, London, where 2,944 households are at risk
- Barking and Dagenham, London, 1,975 households are at risk
- Southwark, London, 3,138 households are at risk
- Hackney, London, 2460 households are at risk
- Haringey, London, 2459 households are at risk
- Brent, London, 2643 households are at risk
- Lewisham, London, 2,643 households are at risk
- Greenwich, London, 2,608 households are at risk
- Waltham Forest, London, 2,115 households are at risk
- Croydon, London, where 2,970 households are at risk
Housing charity Shelter is warning that a growing number of households across the UK are facing the threat of home repossession.
Their study, based on government figures, has revealed that more than 215,000 homes are at risk of eviction or repossession, the equivalent of 4,140 households threatened each week.
Shelter has described the latest figures on rent prices as "devastating news" for renters.
The Government should ditch its new Help to Buy scheme because two-thirds of Britons do not want house prices to rise, housing charity Shelter said.
Some 66% of 4,500 people surveyed this month want prices to fall or remain stable rather than another period of "boom and bust", the charity said.
Despite some recent surveys suggesting that rising house prices are improving the mood of consumer confidence, Shelter's findings show that Britons are finding the idea of escalating prices a turn-off.
In June, 58% ofpeople wanted to see prices remain stable or fall when surveyed, meaning there has been an 8% increase in those wary over prices, Shelter's figures suggest.
Shelter argued that the Help to Buy mortgage scheme, which allows those with a deposit as low as 5% to get on the property ladder, is the "wrong solution" to the country's housing problems as it will only encourage people to take on more debt with bigger mortgages.
The Government has denied that the number of repossession claims across England have increased, insisting the numbers have fallen over the past 12 months.
The charity Shelter, who released the figures, warned that families were "living on a knife-edge".
However, a Government spokesman denied the claims saying:
An increased number of families are finding themselves "living on a knife-edge" as they struggle to cope with the rising cost of living, a leading charity has warned.
Figures released by the charity Shelter show the number of repossession claims across England has increased.
The chief executive of Shelter, Campbell Robb, said: "This research shows that thousands of families all over England are dealing with the devastating possibility of losing their home. In some places as many as one home in every street is now at risk."
"With less job security and the rising cost of living and housing these days, many more families are finding themselves living on a knife-edge. Just one thing, like a job loss or illness, could tip them into a spiral that puts their home at risk."
As many as one home in every street in some places of England are at risk of being repossessed, a leading housing and homelessness charity has said.
The number of possession claims across England has increased, according to figures released by Shelter.
Between July last year and June the biggest increase in possession and eviction claims was recorded in Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, rocketing by 80.3%.
Newham in East London has the highest number of homes at risk of being repossessed, at one in every 35.
The charity said unemployment and the cost of living were leaving many households on a "knife-edge".