Lincolnshire Co-op throws its support behind homeless charities

Lincolnshire Co-operative is raising money for 14 homelessness charities as part of its Community Champions scheme. The 14 charities the society is helping in its trading area are: P3...

Lincolnshire Co-operative is raising money for 14 homelessness charities as part of its Community Champions scheme.

The 14 charities the society is helping in its trading area are: P3 (People, Potential, Possibilities); Framework; The Nomad Trust, Lincoln; Centrepoint Outreach, Boston; Newark Emmaus Trust, Scunthorpe; Salvation Army, Skegness; Axiom, West Lindsey; Harbour Place, Grimsby; Grantham Poverty Concern; Purfleet Trust, Kings LynnHope Community Services, Worksop; Foundation UK, Scarborough and Doorstep of Hull.

A key part of the campaign, which lasts until 4 March, is to raise awareness of homelessness and how it can be prevented.

Local authorities have housing teams who can offer advice and practical support, and last year these prevented more than 3,000 households from being homeless, through resolving housing benefit issues; helping with rent arrears in social and private tenancies; giving advice on a householder’s tenancy rights, support with deposits and advice on mortgages and problems with arrears.

Chair of the Lincolnshire homeless strategy board, Michelle Howard, said: “There is so much we can do to help people facing homelessness. The earlier they can get in touch the better because we can start working on their case.

“They might think there is no hope or be embarrassed but these issues are ones we tackle every day. Whatever they are facing, we can help.”

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