MP’s visit marks homeless charity’s first year

Visit: MP Paul Blomfield.
Visit: MP Paul Blomfield.
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AN ADVICE service which helps hundreds of homeless people and others in danger of losing the roof over their heads is marking its first anniversary today.

The anniversary celebration at the centre, run by charity Shelter on Furnival Gate, will be attended by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield.

He said: “I am delighted to be visiting the Shelter Sheffield Advice Service to celebrate its one year anniversary and to learn more about the vital work it is doing in supporting homeless and badly housed families in the area.

“As the local MP, visits like these help me get to the heart of the housing issues facing local people right now.”

The Sheffield Advice Service helps people with a huge range of housing problems, from mortgage arrears to problems with their landlords.

Shelter’s advisers let people know what their rights are and explain their housing options.

Figures recently released by the charity showed that this year to date 940 families or individuals in Sheffield were accepted as homeless, a year on year increase of 25 per cent.

Shelter also offers specialist help for people in Sheffield with debt problems, helping people to prioritise and manage their debts to prevent their homes being put at risk.

Chris Walton, Shelter Sheffield advice service managing solicitor said: “Over the past year our clients have included older people, single parents and people with disabilities, coming to us with problems ranging from unlawful eviction to possession orders and multiple debts.

“We’re really pleased that Paul is able to visit our service.

“We look forward to talking to him about the issues facing our clients and the vital housing and debt advice and support that Shelter Sheffield offers.”

Anyone in Sheffield in need of housing or debt advice should contact the Shelter advice service for an appointment.

Contact Shelter’s Sheffield advisers by calling 0344 5151515.