Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Shelter can help people at risk of eviction or repossession

From: Martha Mackenzie [mailto:Martha_Mackenzie@shelter.org.uk]
Sent: 21 May 2014 09:03
To: JONES, Graham
Subject: Shelter can help your constituents

Dear Mr Jones, I wanted to let you know that today Shelter are publicly promoting the advice we can offer to people who are facing high housing costs and are at risk of eviction or repossession.

We are encouraging those at risk to seek advice early as this can make all the difference and increase people’s chances of keeping their home.

Shelter’s helpline receives too many calls from people on the brink of losing their home when problems have piled up. New statistics show that one in over 4,000 households in England are at risk of losing their home every week. Yet worryingly, a third of people (31%) don’t know where to go for free expert independent advice to help with their housing costs.

To this end, we have sent a poster to your constituency office that details the ways that your constituents can access professional advice:

-Through our online advice- www.shelter.org.uk/get_advice. You can also use this link to find a local face to face service near you.

-Through our free helpline 0808 800 4444, which is open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 8am-5pm Saturday and Sunday 365 days a year.

Shelter helps three million people a year with housing problems, through online, phone and face to face advice. We’re here so that no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

If there is any further information or any other materials that I can send you please do not hesitate to get in touch.