Homelessness service helps more than 300 single people secure homes

3 May 2019

A service to prevent homelessness and find homes for single people has helped more than 300 residents to secure accommodation since launching a year ago.

The Single Homeless Prevention Service (SHPS) Brent has successfully found homes for 311 people in the borough following the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act last year. The referral service based at the Brent Civic Centre has also completed more than 740 personal housing plans for people in danger of losing their homes or who are already homeless.

Earl Kearley, 31, is one of the people who SHPS has helped. "I was homeless and a friend told me about SHPS," he said. "The staff helped me through my issues and problems and talked to me nicely. They found me accommodation quickly. I would tell people that if they are ever threatened with homelessness, go to the civic centre and speak to SHPS."

The SHPS project was shortlisted for a UK Housing Award this year. The service, which is run in collaboration with Bridges, Crisis and Thames Reach, is one of the ways in which Brent is tackling the housing crisis.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "We are doing all we can to tackle the fallout of the housing crisis in Brent. SHPS is helping to prevent residents from losing their homes if they are threatened with eviction, and supporting people to secure new accommodation if they have already become homeless."