Help at hand for Portsmouth residents with debt and housing issues

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PEOPLE with housing, debt and welfare benefit problems can now get help from a new charity advice surgery.

Homelessness charity Shelter has set up the service at the Buckland Sure Start Children’s Centre in Turner Road.

Experts will offer free advice on issues ranging from rent arrears to housing problems, illegal eviction and managing debts by appointment every Monday and Thursday.

It is hoped the service will provide a lifeline for local people struggling in the tough economic climate.

It comes as figures from Shelter show people from 65 households are homeless and living in temporary accommodation in Portsmouth. More than 200 households were at risk of losing their home last year.

Kat Fell, Shelter senior advisor, said: ‘We know there are many people in Portsmouth who are struggling with high levels of debt or at real risk of losing their home. High rents and house prices mean many local people can find it difficult to get a decent and affordable place to live.

‘Shelter’s new advice service offers crucial support to people facing problems and we would urge anyone struggling with their benefits, debt or housing to contact us today to get free independent advice.’

Surgeries are held every Monday and Thursday from 9am to 12.30pm. People should provide proof of income and documents relevant to their housing query. Call 0344 5151400.