Hartlepool housing service is saved thanks to Northern Rock win

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CITIZENS’ Advice chiefs say a service has been saved after winning vital funding.

The Hartlepool Citizens’ Advice Bureau’s (CAB) housing advice & tenancy support project was facing closure – but is now celebrating its 15th anniversary after winning £162,789 from The Northern Rock Foundation.

The service was launched in 1998 to find affordable and decent accommodation for homeless people by offering a bond or deposit guarantee to private landlords.

During 2012/13 the project had 1,690 client inquiries, 316 new applications for help with finding accommodation, 83 bond guarantees issued and financial gains for clients totalling £193,186.

Joe Michna, manager of Hartlepool CAB, said: “The project was faced with possible closure earlier this year.

“But it has now received funding from the Northern Rock Foundation.

“The foundation has already provided the project with six-years’ funding and staff at the Hartlepool CAB were delighted when the Northern Rock Foundation recognised the value of the service to the homeless and the potentially homeless by awarding it a further three-years funding.”