NESTON MP Andrew Miller has pledged to help residents in his constituency facing financial difficulties during the credit crunch.
On Wednesday Mr Miller raised the issue in the House of Commons and called for assurances that the Government will do "everything possible" to minimise home repossessions.
In response, Minister for Housing, Margaret Beckett, said the Government was working with mortgage lenders, local authorities and the courts to ensure support was available for households in financial difficulty.
She said: "It is important that we convey the message of where people can seek help - and that they should seek help, rather than waiting until the last minute."
Mrs Beckett said the Ministry of Justice had funded held desks in courts across the country, which had an 85% success rate in averting repossessions, even at a late stage."
Mr Miller said: "Despite the measures that the Government has put in place, if local people find they need my help during this very difficult financial time, my door is always open to them and I will do what I can to assist.
"I can be contacted either at the House of Commons on 020 7219 3580 or at my constituency office in Whitby Park on 357 3019."