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After the flood: Message from Shelter

Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, is pointing people in Boston suffering from the effects of flooding to its website pages for help and advice:

How to prepare: if your home is flooded: - This page has links to information on crisis loans and emergency money.

Shelter's money problems section also deals with everything from rent and mortgage arrears to budgets, debt and cash in a crisis:

Shelter says one in 12 people in the East Midlands fear they won't be able to afford to pay the rent or mortgage at the end of this month. Yet many people in this situation would feel too ashamed to ask for help.

Shelter's helpline receives too many calls from people in desperation, and on the brink of losing their home, because bills and notices have been left unopened and problems have piled up.

This January we are encouraging those at risk to seek advice from Shelter and avoid problems spiralling out of control.

To get professional advice go to or phone the free helpline number 0808 800 4444.

You can also find Shelter on Twitter  @Shelter

There is also a 'Shelter Stories' blog, which seeks to offer a first-person, friendly, and accessible introduction to advice.

For lots of people, the New Year period brings further challenges and worries.  That's why we are urging anyone worried about paying their rent or mortgage to make seeking early housing advice their New Year's resolution.