We’re in the midst of a housing crisis. Demand for social housing far outstrips supply and there are countless households in unstable or unsuitable accommodation, waiting in the hope of a move. The economic climate, benefit changes and zero hour contracts all contribute to the financial hardship that so often leaves households at risk of eviction.
You could say that all housing cases have the same underlying argument, that the household deserves a home. Having seen the impact of homelessness, it’s not an argument that I struggle to believe in.
We are incredibly busy and a lot of work needs to be done at short notice, but the worst part of our job is telling clients that there isn’t anything else that we can do. Luckily, this is relatively rare, and the relationship between the Law Centre and other advice agencies and charities in the local area means that we can nearly always give some assistance.
Unless you’re able to prevent an eviction entirely, there’s nothing better than receiving a call from a previously homeless client confirming that they’ve a new home. When that happens, it doesn’t matter how much had to be done to get there, it’s worth it.