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    With the number of families declared homeless in the London borough rising to 19% last year, the Hackney Family Service offers intensive support to the families most at risk of losing their home.

    Shelter’s support workers can help families with different problems, including support to get back into work, access to the right health care and mental health support, and help managing rent arrears and family finances, with the support of the Berkeley Foundation.

    Meanwhile, a further 400 families in Hackney are on track to benefit from weekly housing advice surgeries run by the charity, which will be hosted at different locations across the borough.

    The project is part of Shelter’s country-wide work to tackle bad housing and homelessness, according to reports by 24 Dash.

    Connie Cullen, service manager at the Hackney Family Service, said:

    “It can take just one thing, like a serious illness, to tip anyone of us into a downward spiral that puts our home at risk. And without a stable home it can be almost impossible to get back on your feet.

    “Homelessness is often a symptom of much deeper problems, so by helping to tackle the underlying reasons that put a family’s home at risk we want to stop them from going through the trauma of homelessness.

    “This project is designed to make a lasting difference to the lives of hundreds of families in Hackney. Families who need help will be able to get the support they need to keep their home, so that they can build a better future for themselves and their children.”

    Charmaine Young CBE, chief executive of the Berkeley Foundation also said:

    “We’re delighted at the Berkeley Foundation to be working with Shelter. The Hackney Family Service is a forward-thinking service which promises to deliver a really meaningful impact to people in Hackney who are at risk of homelessness and have complex family needs. We hope this project will make a real difference to their lives.”

    Picture Source: (http://www.nihe.gov.uk/index/advice/homelessness_introduction.htm)

    March 24, 2014 by Abimbola Duro-David Categories: Social Media For The Sector

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