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More low income families at risk of homelessness

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Published by Chris Craddock at 3:16pm 16th May 2019.

It's a growing problem putting people at risk of homelessness across the country and it's something we see here in West Norfolk.

Lots of councils are warning residents on the lowest incomes will end up on the streets.

They're blaming the freeze on the Local Housing Allowance.

 

purfleet 2019
purfleet trust support clients to find work and housing

 

Research shows low income families are most likely to suffering because the allowance hasn't kept up with rising rents.

They're also facing added pressures of delays to benefits as Universal Credit is rolled out.

KLFM has spoken to West Norfolk homelessness charity The Purfleet Trust about the pressures their clients are facing.

 

how the new purfleet centre is helping those in need

 

Chief Executive Paula Hall said once you can't afford to be online - things become very tough:

"You need to be able to access the internet to get through to your benefits, to find work and housing.

"If you're homeless or on low income then you don't often have access to a computer."

 

 

"We encourage people to use social media so they can get in touch with their families and friends that they may have lost contact with.

"Through this - we're helping them develop social skills as well.

"When you're homeless - you can become quite isolated and you close down to try to protect themselves because the world is a scary place for a homeless person."

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