£74,000 government cash to prevent 200 South Holland families losing homes

HUNDREDS of people have been kept off the streets in South Holland as the result of work to prevent homelessness.

Between April 1 and August 31 this year, 204 households have been spared the prospect of losing a roof over their heads.

Some residents had mortgage or rent arrears and others were struggling to make payments after relationship breakdowns or losing their job.

South Holland District Council funded services at the Citizens Advice Bureau, which include intensive housing-related debt advice, and Women’s Aid South Holland Service have been at the forefront of dealing with these problem situations.

As a result of its work, the council will receive £74,000 from central government for this year and next to assist in preventing homelessness.

The success of the department responsible was highlighted last month at a meeting of the council’s governance and audit committee.

Coun Christine Lawton, district council executive member for housing, said: “We continue to be successful in preventing those circumstances that lead to homelessness and are committed to investing resources in frontline services to residents.

“The actions of the district council and its key partners have led to 204 households at threat of homelessness and displacement being able to remain in their own homes.”

Anyone threatened with homelessness is urged to seek help as soon as possible. Residents can make an appointment by calling Customer Services on 01775 761161.