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Project launched to help Liverpool's homeless

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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Housing charity Shelter has launched a new project to help families in Liverpool at risk of losing their home.

Nearly 120 families were declared homeless in Merseyside between September and December last year, and official figures show that losing a privately rented home is now the leading cause of homelessness.

Shelter's staff can help families with support to get back into work, access the right mental health care or offer advice to manage rent arrears and family budgets.

It is hoped that close to 150 families across Liverpool will be helped by the project every year.

As well as helping families at risk of homelessness, Shelter has free expert housing advice available for people in Liverpool with a housing issue.

Anyone with problems ranging from rent or mortgage arrears, disrepair or landlord disputes can get help by meeting with specialist housing or debt advisers, legal advisers or by using the free computers to access online advice.

The project is part of Shelter’s work across the country to tackle bad housing and homelessness.

The charity helps three million people a year with their housing problems.

Andy Griffiths, team leader for Shelter’s Liverpool Family Support Service, said: “With so many families struggling across the city, this project provides dedicated support to help renting families get back on their feet and reduce homelessness.

“We’re working closely with Liverpool City Council to reach the families who need our help. Expert support and advice early on can make the difference between a family losing their home or keeping it.

“We also have Shelter advisers on hand to help with a range of housing issues, so if you’re worried about a housing problem please get in touch.“

Shelter’s Liverpool Family Support Service has been funded by an award of £396,000 over three years from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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