Housing charity, Shelter, has been awarded a grant of £60,000 to fund the role of an advice worker in Birmingham.
Birmingham has some of the highest levels of homelessness in the UK outside London, with the situation expected to worsen over the coming years. There are more than 12,000 homeless people in Birmingham, and more than 300,000 in the UK as a whole. Over the next two years this grant will help to support more than 1,600 people with serious housing difficulties.
The advice worker will help people in danger of homelessness or threatened with repossession. They will also help with cases where homes are unsafe or dilapidated. While some issues can be resolved quickly and easily, others require months of intensive prolonged casework.
Shelter’s advice workers give people the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to avoid future crises by themselves.
Vicky Hines, from Shelter Birmingham, said: “We’re very grateful to Warwickshire Freemasons for their generous grant which will allow us to reach hundreds of people with housing problems in Birmingham.”
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. They also campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to them for help.