New research has revealed that one in seven adults in England, the equivalent of six million people, is concerned about losing their home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A YouGov poll commissioned by housing charity Shelter found that private renters have been the worst impacted during the Coronavirus crisis. One in four private renting adults (27%) – around 2.2 million people – now fear becoming homeless.

Private renters also reported being almost twice as likely to feel depressed and anxious about their housing situation, compared with the general public (26%). Nearly half (47%) of private renters say they are more depressed and anxious in light of the pandemic.

The research supports Shelter’s own data, which shows that two-thirds (63%) of calls answered by its emergency helpline in the last year were from people already homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Chief executive of Shelter, Polly Neale, said:

‘Through our helpline we have seen just how scared people are about their homes and their futures. People’s lives are literally on the line. They are desperately struggling, and the threat of homelessness is very real.”

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