Shelter Scotland sets up Stirling’s first housing street clinic
Experts from charity Shelter Scotland will be on hand from 10am-3pm to offer help and advice on a range of housing issues, including rent and mortgage arrears, fuel poverty, money and debt and homelessness.
Staff will be on hand in a giant gazebo to listen to people’s housing problems and provide solutions.
Official figures show that last year 800 households in Stirling approached the council through the Housing Options system seeking help with a housing crisis. There were 302 homelessness applications from households in the city.
Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “No one should have to face bad housing and homelessness alone and our advisors will be on hand throughout the day to help. No problem is too small or too big and I encourage anyone who is facing a housing issue to come and speak to one of our experts on Port Street.
“Whether you’re facing rent or mortgage arrears, want help in resolving a problem with your landlord, are living in poor quality housing or just want more information about the help and support Shelter Scotland offers, we’ll be there for you throughout the day.
“I would urge anyone who needs housing advice but is unable to make it to the street clinic to call our free national helpline on 0808 800 4444 or visit shelterscotland.org.”
Graeme Brown added: “We hope to engage people who perhaps don’t know Shelter Scotland can help them. There’s a misconception that we only help street homeless people. We can help with any issue relating to housing from street homelessness to owner-occupiers struggling with their bills to private renters experiencing problems. If people come to us sooner, we can do more to help.”
Stirling Council’s housing portfolio holder, Cllr Violet Weir, said: “Tackling the lack of housing and fighting homelessness is a priority for Stirling Council. I welcome the new Street Clinic, which will be providing a much-needed service since sadly, many people in the Stirling area are facing housing issues.”