L&Q, TVHA call on sector to help Shelter
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
L&Q and Thames Valley Housing Association are calling on the sector to support housing charity Shelter as it faces a dramatic reduction in its funding due to legal aid cuts.
"L&Q and Shelter grew up together in the 1960s," L&Q chief executive David Montague said. "They were there at the beginning to support us. Now we want to support them."
The huge cuts in England have meant a loss of around £3 million in the money Shelter has available to deliver face-to-face advice. As a result, Shelter is having to propose the closure of 10 of its face-to-face advice services, with 100 redundancies.
The appeal asks 100 housing associations to contribute to the funding of one Shelter specialist housing adviser, although it adds that any support will be gratefully received.
TVHA chief executive Geeta Nanda said: "I am really pleased that we are able to support an advice worker for Shelter, and I would urge others to do the same. Shelter has strong and historic links with the housing association world. It is so important at this time that associations who care about homelessness and its prevention support those doing such a great job."
Montague said: "We are calling on 100 housing associations to join us in supporting Shelter at a critical time in their future and ours. I am delighted to pledge the funds from our L&Q Foundation to support a front-line advice worker."
Shelter’s chief executive Campbell Robb said he was “touched and delighted” by the response.
"While service closures are absolutely a last resort, we simply cannot fill the gap created by the scale of the cuts to legal aid within our existing resources," Robb said. "I am touched and delighted by the response from the industry, and hope that together we can try to ensure that as many people as possible in housing need are able to get the advice and support that could help them keep a roof over their heads."
Anyone interested in finding out more about the appeal should email Louisa_campbell@shelter.org.uk