Haringey Council has pledged to help housing charity Shelter with a new pilot scheme that will aim to prevent homelessness and endeavour to improving housing situations. This partnership, which is the first of its kind in London, will aim to reduce the risk of homelessness in the borough by identifying those at risk and work to stop them losing their home.

Shelter advisers will be available to speak to each week at the Marcus Garvey Centre to offer expect housing advice to people in the area. The service is free to anyone from the local area to attend.

“Shelter has been fighting bad housing and homelessness for 50 years, but we’ve still got lots of work to do when it comes to tackling the huge housing crisis in the Capital,” said Shelter’s London services manager, Ben Tovey. “By identifying people at risk of homelessness early, this partnership will not only help save the council valuable time and resources, but most importantly it will ensure more families can stay in their homes and avoid the trauma of facing homelessness.”

Shelter helps thousands of people each year who are struggling with their accommodation and homelessness. Those who wish to seek advice can call the London helpline on 0344 515 1540 to speak to an adviser or by setting up a face-to-face appointment.