Clive Lewis MP showed his support for people fighting bad housing and homelessness in Norwich recently, when he attended the launch of Shelter’s new campaign to raise awareness of its vital advice and support services.
Clive attended the event on Tuesday 5th January where he met with Shelter’s Director of Services Alison Mohammed to discuss the frontline services Shelter delivers in Norwich, and across the UK. These include the 196 cases that Shelter dealt with in the Norwich area last year alone.
Prompted by a new Shelter and YouGov survey, the event highlighted the strain families face in the East of England in January, with 1 in 21 rent or mortgage payers fearing they will be unable to meet their housing costs this month.
At the same time 19% of people in the East of England are cutting back on winter fuel and clothing to meet their housing payments – the equivalent of 900,000 people.
Clive 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 over 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.”
Clive Lewis MP said: “Getting help early on when facing a problem is crucial. I visited Shelter recently, and their services provide invaluable assistance to many of my constituents, particularly at what can be an extremely tough time of year. Getting that help can sometimes be the difference between staying in your home or becoming homeless, when everything becomes more challenging.
"I want people to know that there is help out there for them, and I would urge anyone who is having difficulty making their rent or mortgage payments to contact Shelter, or myself, as soon as they can."