Jenny Chapman MP

JENNY CHAPMAN

Helping the Homeless

Jenny is supporting people fighting bad housing and homelessness in Darlington by helping to promote the launch of Shelter’s new campaign to raise awareness of its vital advice and support services.

The campaign launch was marked by an event in Parliament, hosted by Shelter’s Director of Services Alison Mohammed.

Jenny is a strong advocate of Shelter’s frontline services across the UK. In the Darlington area alone, last year, Shelter helped 35 people find a roof over their head.

Prompted by a new Shelter and YouGov survey, the event highlighted the strain families face in the North in January, with 1 in 9 rent or mortgage payers fearing they will be unable to meet their housing costs this month.

At the same time 15% of people in the North are cutting back on winter fuel and clothing to meet their housing payments – the equivalent of 1.8million people.

Jenny and Shelter are urging anyone who is struggling with their housing costs to seek advice, before problems spiral out of control. Shelter, the leading housing and homelessness charity, helps more than 4 million people a year with free, practical housing advice, through its online support, face to face and national helpline services.

Shelter’s Director of Services, Alison Mohammed, said: “Every day at Shelter we hear from families who face the bleak choice between missing their rent or cutting back on heating. Or from parents whose children have stopped asking for treats because they know they’re struggling just to keep a roof over their heads.

“No-one should have to face these problems alone, which is why Shelter is here 365 days a year. Getting advice early can make all the difference, and we’re only ever a click or a call away at shelter.org.uk/advice or on 0808 800 4444.”

Jenny Chapman said: “Shelter’s frontline services provide invaluable assistance to many of Darlington’s residents, particularly at what can be an extremely tough time of year. They can often be the difference between a family staying in their home or becoming homeless.

“I know from my regular surgeries that it is absolutely critical people who are struggling to stay in their homes seek help at the earliest opportunity. I would urge anyone who is having difficulty making their rent or mortgage payments to contact Shelter, or myself, as soon as they can.

“With the weather turning colder from this week and so many parents in the U.K cutting back on winter essentials to pay their rent or mortgage, it is important that people in Darlington are aware of the support that is available to them.

“This year, it will be half a century since Shelter was formed, after public outrage created by the BBC’s Cathy Come Home (pictured). They are there for anyone desperate to find a roof over their heads. Let’s all support them.”

For free and independent advice from Shelter visit shelter.org.uk/advice or call the helpline on 0808 800 4444

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