Homelessness information advice day

Homelessness information day

Merton Council is inviting residents who are affected by homelessness to an information advice day at the Salvation Army Hall in Wimbledon on Wednesday 7 October from 10am to 2pm.

A wide range of service providers and homelessness agencies will be present with information stalls and advice for anyone who is currently homeless, has previously been homeless or has been threatened with homelessness.

The event aims to provide individuals and households with advice and information on housing options and local services and bring them into contact with a range of service providers and agencies in Merton.

Those who wish to make a difference will be invited to join a new forum to provide ideas and suggestions for the multi-agency Homelessness Strategy group to help reduce homelessness in Merton. The forum will also comment on any gaps people may have experienced in current services.

Agencies and organisations involved in the event include Housing Advice, Welfare Benefits, Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), a number of Housing Associations, Job Centre Plus and others, all offering specific information and support. The event will also encourage networking between different agencies to promote positive partnership work.

Cabinet member for housing and community services, Councillor Linda Scott said “Merton council is committed to helping anyone affected by homelessness in the borough. With so many different organisations working towards the same goals, we can really make a difference to people’s lives. This is particularly important during the current economic downturn with all the additional challenges that brings.

“Events like these provide excellent information and advice, and allow those affected by the issues to find assistance. I strongly urge anyone with experience of homelessness to attend.”

For more information contact the council’s housing strategy team on 020 8545 3305 or e-mail housingstrategy@merton.gov.uk

Notes to editors:
· The Salvation Army Hall is at 109 Kingston Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1LT, which is between South Wimbledon underground station and Merton Park tram stop. Bus 152 stops in front of the building. Car parking spaces are very limited and the use of public transport is recommended.


Press Contact:
Leoni Munslow
Communications Assistant
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654