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Helping Harrow – Organisations assisting with homelessness and cost of living crisis

In 2024, a lot of Harrow residents are struggling to make ends meet as the cost of living crisis rages on. If you’re worrying about feeding your family or finding somewhere to live, there is help out there and, in this article, we’re sharing details of some of the facilities available.

Harrow Foodbank

When you can’t afford to feed your family it can be an incredibly worrying time but, often, people are too embarrassed to ask for help. Harrow Foodbank can help by providing you with basic food and drink items without judgement or shame. In order to use the Foodbank, you will need to be referred by a professional such as a doctor, vicar or police officer who will issue you with vouchers which can then be swapped for goods at the Foodbank. Harrow’s Food Bank is open on Tuesdays and Fridays between 1pm and 3pm. You can find them at 1a Headstone Drive, Wealdstone, Harrow HA3 5QX.

Bringing Harrow home

The prospect of becoming homeless can be terrifying and it can be easy to panic but there is help available. If you are being threatened with eviction from a rental property, your first port of call should be the Citizens Advice Bureau who will be able to advise you of your rights. If you find yourself in a situation where you may be made homeless imminently, you should contact Harrow Council’s housing department who may be able to offer emergency temporary accommodation. Firm Foundation Harrow can help by offering emergency shelter as well as food and shower facilities to those who have become homeless. The shelter is open on Mondays and Fridays between 2pm and 4pm and can be found at Harrow Baptist Church, College Rd, Harrow, HA1 1BA.

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The heat is on

As energy bills remain high for many, staying warm can be really difficult. As with other boroughs, Harrow has a few Warm Hubs which are open to the public and which can offer company and a cup of tea as well as an opportunity to spend a couple of hours in a warm place.

Doing it for the kids

If you’re on a limited income and have a baby or young child, the cost of clothes and other essential items can be overwhelming. The Cariad Baby Bank in Harrow can help by providing clothes, nappies and toiletries as well as baby mats, toys and books. The Cariad Baby Bank can be found at King’s Church Harrow, Brigade House, Brigade Close, HA2 0LQ but, in the first instance, you should contact them by email at cariadbabybank@gmail.com to find out how to be referred for assistance.

Help during hard times in Harrow

Nobody likes having to ask for help but going without food, essentials or a roof over your head can be unhealthy and dangerous and so you should always seek assistance as soon as possible. Thankfully, as we’ve shown in this article, there are plenty of helping hands in Harrow to see you through the tough times.

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