Help for people at risk of becoming homeless

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A NEW project to help people at risk of becoming homeless could be agreed by councillors next week.

The government has given Wakefield Council £145,286 to offer extra support and advice to homeowners whose houses are at risk of repossession.

The project will be considered by the council’s Cabinet members at a meeting next Tuesday, July 17.

Coun Pat Garbutt, cabinet member for adults and health, said the scheme would work by using money from loan repayments to help fund more loans other families at risk of homelessness.

Coun Garbutt said: “Overall homelessness in Wakefield is increasing and mortgage possession claims in Yorkshire and the Humber are the third highest in the country.

“This should help more people keep their homes and make inroads into the numbers of people finding themselves homeless in these difficult financial times.”