Last year the number of families declared homeless in Hackney rose by 19% from 520 in 2012 to 618 in 2013. To tackle this growing problem, the Hackney Family Service will offer intensive support to the families most at risk of homelessness, and housing advice to hundreds more.
The project was launched, in partnership with the Berkeley Foundation, at Hackney Town Hall on 25th March 2014. Speakers included Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter, and Piers Clanford, Managing Director of Berkeley Homes North East London.
With the support of the Berkeley Foundation, Shelter support workers will help the whole family with a range of problems to help them keep their home. This could include support to get back into work, access to the right health care and mental health support, and help managing rent arrears and family finances. More than a hundred families in the borough will be helped by the team every year.
Meanwhile, a further 400 families in Hackney are on track to benefit from weekly housing advice surgeries run by Shelter, which will be hosted at different locations across the borough.
Local families who need housing advice or support can call 0344 515 1447
Any family living in Hackney needing housing advice can come along to a specialist advice surgery where they will be able to get advice on anything from dealing with rent arrears and disrepair problems, to if they're facing the threat of losing their home.
The charity is asking local families who need housing advice or more intensive support to call the Hackney Family Service office on 0344 515 1447 for more information on their next and nearest advice surgery.
The project is part of Shelter's work across the country to tackle bad housing and homelessness. The charity helps three million people a year with a housing problem through its face to face services, housing helpline and online advice.