Foundation Stories, Shelter Launches New London Hub

Shelter launches new London Hub for families facing homelessness

1st October 2015

A brand new centre has opened to help families facing bad housing and homelessness in Hackney.
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"Over the last four years, the Berkeley Foundation has committed over £520,000 to Shelter and we are delighted to be supporting the Hackney Family Service." Charmaine Young CBE, Chief Executive of the Berkeley Foundation. 

Latest government statistics show that almost 40,000 families in London are homeless and living in temporary accommodation. The new Shelter Hub is a one stop shop offering information, support and advice to anyone struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

Alongside the drop-in advice centre, Shelter also runs the Hackney Family Service, which provides long-term support, especially tailored help to families in the area struggling with homelessness. Thanks to the support of the Berkeley Foundation, the charity will now be able to help even more families across the capital.

Connie Cullen, Shelter's Hackney Family Service manager, said: "We're incredibly excited that our new service hub will offer even greater support to families battling bad housing and homelessness in Hackney and beyond. Since starting as a pilot last year, the service has already helped over 500 families and now, thanks to the Berkeley Foundation, with a dedicated drop in centre we will be able to help even more people in the future.

"Anyone who needs help with a housing issue can just drop in for free advice from one of expert advisors."

Charmaine Young CBE, Chief Executive of the Berkeley Foundation, said: "Over the last four years, the Berkeley Foundation has committed over £520,000 to Shelter and we are delighted to be supporting the Hackney Family Service. This is a forward-thinking project which will make a incredible difference to people at risk of homelessness and families with complex needs."