Cash boost for North East homeless projects

Image caption Those sleeping rough struggle to become tenants

A charity has pledged an extra £110,000 funding to help homeless people in the North East get a roof over their heads.

Since 2010, Crisis has helped 140 single, homeless people in the region into rented accommodation.

Now it is expanding its Private Rented Sector (PRG) programme to help more people to become tenants.

Three projects will share the money - Aquila Way in Gateshead,DePaul in Whitley Bay and Stockton and District Advice Service.

Decent homes

Nationally, the scheme has helped 4,000 homeless people into decent homes since 2010.

It recruits and supports landlords and offers assistance and advice to tenants on finding homes, paying a deposit and rent in advance, budgeting and paying bills.

Those who struggle to find homes include young people, ex-offenders or those sleeping rough or in hostels, Crisis said.

Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: "Challenging conditions in the private rented sector make this work difficult but all the more important as people struggle to make ends meet."

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