Survey reveals one in seven adults are worried about becoming homeless due to Covid-19 pandemic

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17th March 2021 02:41 - Housing

Survey reveals one in seven adults are worried about becoming homeless due to Covid-19 pandemic: A survey by Shelter, conducted in January and February 2021 has found that seven out of 10 adults are worried about losing their home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The survey polled 3,503 adults in England also found that the current economic climate caused by the pandemic has resulted in 14% of respondents more fearful about being made homeless; this equates to more than 6 million people, according to Shelter. 

Private renters were found to be greatly affected by the pandemic with nearly half (47%) saying that the last 12 months has increased their anxiety or has made them feel depressed about their housing situation. This compares to around a quarter of the general public (26%).

Asking private renters about their experiences throughout the pandemic, the research found that almost a quarter (24%) have had to borrow money in order to make rental payments in the past month, while almost a fifth (18%) have reduced the amount they spend on food or skipped meals to ensure they could pay their rent, and 12% have cut back on heating their homes.

An eviction ban for tenants was recently extended until at least May 31.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter said: “Thanks to the generous support of the public and our partners we have been able to answer double the number of calls, but we need to keep this up if we are going to weather the coming storm. To make sure we can always be on the other end of the line, we’re asking the public to support our appeal.”

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