Taking part in local school project on homelessness

Lynne Featherstone MP with students at Greig City AcademyLynne Featherstone MP last week visited Greig City Academy in Hornsey, to take part in a student’s citizenship project on homelessness.

Along with a volunteer from the Haringey Winter Shelter, the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green participated in a discussion with a group of year 11 students about how to raise awareness of homelessness.

The group also discussed the help available to young people affected by homelessness.

The Coalition Government has invested over £470 million to tackle homelessness, with the bulk of this being spent on homeless prevention funding.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“I was very glad to see young students tackling the subject of homelessness. The issue should be on the agenda – not pushed to one side and forgotten.

“There are so many wonderful charities and soup kitchens helping homeless people on a daily basis. And the Government is helping, too, with £470 million of funding being used to try and prevent homelessness.

“£3.5 million has been used to extend the ‘No Second Night Out’ programme beyond the London pilot to eight new areas – and only two out of 683 people being helped by the scheme in Merseyside have returned to the streets since February 2012.”