Homeless figures are on the rise

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LATEST figures show almost as many people presented themselves as homeless in South Holland in the first half of this year as the whole of 2010.

In 2009/2010, a total of 51 people asked for help from South Holland District Council because they were homeless or “presented themselves as homeless”. That figure grew to 59 for 2010/2011 but from April to September alone this year it stands at 45.

The council was also asked for help with housing difficulties by 1,085 families in 2009/2010; 1,272 in 2010/2011; and 831 from April to October of this year.

Coun Christine Lawton, district executive member for housing landlord, said: “Nationally, local authority housing advice and homelessness services are seeing an increase in people seeking advice and assistance as a consequence of the current economic conditions.

“In most cases South Holland District Council is, and continues to be, very successful in preventing those circumstances from resulting in homelessness and we are committed to investing resources in front line services to residents.”

The council provides housing advice and works closely with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, which offers specialist help for people who have rent or mortgage arrears.

A council spokesman said: “If you are threatened with homelessness the sooner you come to see us the better, as we have a duty to prevent homelessness where possible.”

Make an appointment by calling customer services on 01775 761161.

l A feature on how a charity in Spalding is helping people on low income and who have previously been homeless by providing affordable furniture will be in next week’s Spalding Guardian.