Service helping residents manage debts and stay in their homes
A service which is providing local people with the practical help and advice to manage their finances, protect and secure their tenancies and create work opportunities has helped 1549 families across Barking and Dagenham.
The Home and Money Hub brings together professionals from a range of agencies and the council working together in one place to help residents reduce their debts, manage their finances and get back into work and ensures where possible, people get the benefits they are entitled to.
We are able to support all of our residents
Councillor Sade Bright, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Aspiration welcomed the achievements of the service. She said: “In such a short time this service has made a real difference to the lives of our residents.
“We know that being in employment is good for people’s health and wellbeing so it is important that we are able to support all of our residents have the security, confidence and encouragement to improve their lives.”
Since its inception, the service has helped:
- 235 families set up and maintain successful payment and budgeting plans to manage their debt
- 99 people into work
- 92 families reduce their rent arrears and helped 48 families avoid eviction
Based in the Barking Learning Centre, the service is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Residents can just walk in or email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 020 8724 2115 or visit the Home and Money Hub.