High rents creating homelessness warns mum

A young Stevenage mum will be on billboards nationwide this Christmas as part of a homeless charity campaign.

Natalie Cheshire of Stevenage is one of six people affected by homelessness who will feature in the Shelter ad campaign, warning that every two minutes someone in Britain faces losing their home.

The married mother of two fears she will lose her privately rented home when the rent goes up in April. Both Natalie and her husband work, but struggle with the cost of living expenses and high rent. She expects they will have to leave their home, and has no idea what they will do.

“The high cost of renting is probably the biggest stress in my life right now. The situation is just impossible. We are looking for someone else to live but everywhere is just so expensive.

“That’s why I’m supporting Shelter’s campaign. The reality is homelessness can happen to anyone and there needs to be help out there for people who are struggling.”

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Shelter’s chief executive Campbell Robb said he was “extremely grateful” to Natalie for taking part, adding: “We live in one of the richest countries in the world, yet as Natalie’s story shows, there are many people out there desperately trying to hang on to there home.”

The campaign will appear on billboards and in national newspapers and magazines over the next two weeks.

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