The homeless charity Shelter have opened a new advice centre in Hackney.
The centre includes a family law clinic run by Duncan Lewis Solicitors and counselling sessions from the City and Hackney branch of the mental health charity Mind.
The centre, which had an official opening ceremony on October 1, aims to help homeless people from across London.
The ceremony was attended by Campbell Robb, CEO of Shelter and Charmaine Young, Chief Executive of the Berkley Foundation who helped fund the new advice centre.
Connie Cullen, Shelter’s London Support Services Manager said: “Since starting as a pilot last year the service has already helped over 500 families and now, thanks to the Berkeley Foundation, with a dedicated drop in centre we will be able to help even more people in the future.”
House building firm the Berkeley Group set up the Berkeley Foundation in 2011, to help young people get into work and make sure they have a place to live. They have raised £660,000 for Shelter over last four years by running charity events such as marathons.
“We’re incredibly excited that our new service hub will offer even greater support to families battling bad housing and homelessness in Hackney and beyond,” said Cullen.
Shelter estimated in June this year that 40,000 families in the capital are currently without permanent housing.
The new Shelter Service Hub is located at 4 Tyssen Street.
For free and independent advice from Shelter visit shelter.org.uk/advice or call their helpline on 0808 800 4444.