Homeless help from Christine

Re-Settlement Co-ordinator at Lancaster Homeless Shelter, Christine Bergin.
Re-Settlement Co-ordinator at Lancaster Homeless Shelter, Christine Bergin.
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A PROJECT aimed at rehousing single homeless people in Lancaster and Morecambe is calling on private landlords to make their properties available.

The Tenancy Lifestyle Change (TLC) project is being run from the Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service (LDHAS), in Edward Street, by resettlement co-ordinator Christine Bergin, who said she was expecting to see an increase in homelessness due to the current economic climate.

Christine, 48, who lives in Lancaster, has been tasked with rehousing 25 single homeless people by March next year, and is well on her way to hitting the target, but is calling on more private landlords to get involved in the project.

“Since March, I’ve managed to rehouse 21 people as part of the project, with only one that didn’t make it, which shows the project is working,” she said.

“What constitutes a success is that the client will remain in the property for six months or more.

“The project is based on a build- up of trust, and I provide before, during and after-care, as part of the process.

“What I really need is landlords to get involved in the TLC project, and for them to know that by signing up and providing accommodation, they will get their money very quickly.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (17-11-11) for full story.