Show Homelessness the Door

Show homelessness the door is a campaign that aims to prevent Brent residents from becoming homeless due to the current housing crisis.

The government’s Homelessness Reduction Act, due to be implemented in April 2018, will mean that every household registered as homeless – whether a family or a single person – will have equal priority under the council’s duty of care.

 

Homelessness Summit 

A Homelessness Summit took place the Brent Civic Centre on 25 October 2017 with the aim of giving Brent residents fearing homelessness the information they need. The Summit offered solutions to the growing problem of homelessness in London. Representatives from voluntary organisations were invited to learn how they can support members of their community who may be facing homelessness.


A Brent resident shares his experience of trying to find a home – watch below: 

If you are a resident

If your benefits have been capped by the government, or changes in your circumstances are causing you to worry about not being able to pay your rent, we can help you to show homelessness the door.

Beat The Benefit Cap

You can fight for your current home by beating the benefit cap, either through working more hours, enhancing your training and skills or by finding out whether you have claimed all the benefits that you are entitled to.

 SHPS Scheme - Single Homelessness Prevention Service

Brent’s Single Homelessness Prevention Service (SHPS) project aims to prevent homelessness for single people and other households without dependent children and with low support needs. Residents who approach the council with a housing problem at Customer Services in the Civic Centre will be referred to SHPS if they meet the referral criteria. The SHPS scheme will help around 1,600 people over two years who otherwise would not have met the criteria for this type of substantial support from the council. 

Find Your Home 

If your homeless application was accepted after 9 November 2012, we are likely to provide you with suitable accommodation in the Private Rented Sector. However, you will more than likely be offered affordable accommodation outside of Brent and possibly outside of London. This is due to how expensive private rented housing in London has become. To help you, we have introduced the ‘Find Your Home Scheme’. We will work with you to stop you losing your current tenancy, if you have one, as we know that moving can be disruptive and the chances of finding another property locally are small. 

Watch the Find Your Home animation to help you with your options:

Brent Advice Matters

Do you know your housing rights? If you have worries about being evicted, rent, repairs, being harassed as a tenant, tenancy deposits, becoming homeless or the licensing of shared homes, Brent Advices Matters (BAM) can help you. BAM has lots of information and videos you can use to help you get the advice you need.

If you are a voluntary organisation…

A Homelessness Summit will be held at Brent Civic Centre on Wednesday 25 October to provide voluntary groups in Brent with the information you will need to help members of your community show homelessness the door. A digital tool kit will be made available to voluntary group representatives at the summit. More information about the event is available on the EventBrite page.

If you are a voluntary group, you might also like to look at the information for residents in this section, so that you can help people in your communities.

Homelessness Summit – Wednesday 25 October 

The drumA Homelessness Summit will take place the Brent Civic Centre with the aim of giving Brent residents fearing homelessness the information they need.

The Summit will offer solutions to the growing problem of homelessness in London. Representatives from voluntary organisations are also invited to learn how they can support members of their community who may be facing homelessness.