Cllr Rebecca Rennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Housing Needs, is tackling homelessness in Hackney.
In early November, the housing charity Shelter launched its new Christmas appeal with a report identifying Hackney as having the 10th highest level of homelessness in the country.
The figures showed that one in every 44 people in Hackney is classed as homeless, which is shocking, but came as no surprise to Cllr Rebecca Rennison who is working tirelessly to improve the housing issues in the Borough.
The Labour Council have made great progress in helping the homeless. They have expanded their support and advice services, working with the homelessness charity Thames Reach to open the Greenhouse – London’s first multi-purpose resource and advice centre for homeless people. Hackney Labour’s innovative No First Night Out initiative, run in partnership with Tower Hamlets and the City of London, has already helped 79 people who would have otherwise gone on to rough sleep find suitable housing.
Cllr Rebecca Rennison believes that hundreds of empty homes should be brought back into use for the families that need them most. One of the biggest programmes of Council house building in the country needs to happen in Hackeny and – with evictions from the private rented homes now the number one reason residents approach the Council for help with homelessness – she will continue to make sure that Hackney’s 32,000 private renters get the rights and support they deserve though our #BetterRenting campaign.
Whether it’s campaigning to stop the arbitrary borrowing cap that stops new Council homes getting built, pushing for an end to unfair letting fees charged to private renters, or asking for change to a system in which just 3% of private rented homes are affordable to those on housing benefit, Labour are committed to working hard on the issue of homelessness.