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Help for tenants in St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath who are facing homelessness

By Newsdesk Bury

Tenants who are struggling to pay rent because they are ill or have lost their job could be offered financial support from West Suffolk councils to stop them becoming homeless.

The authorities have now secured a £320,000 government grant to step up their safeguarding plan.

The councils assessed more than 2,000 homelessness prevention cases last year. But the grant could allow them to employ two new tenancy sustainment officers.

Cllr Sara Mildmay (7734865)
Cllr Sara Mildmay (7734865)

It is part of their duty of care to struggling residents who have not intentionally made themselves homeless.

Often that means placing individuals or families in bed and breakfast or other temporary accommodation while they work towards something permanent.

Councillor Sara Mildmay said: “This means that we will be able to do more to support people by helping them sustain tenancy."

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