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Harrow Council partner with social enterprise to tackle homelessness

A new partnership between Harrow Council and social enterprise Beam is making a real difference for homeless families in our community.

Since August, Harrow Council has teamed up with Beam, helping ten families find long-term homes, with more on the way. They’re also supporting people leaving prison, who often face tough challenges.

Beam’s approach is personal, offering one-on-one support tailored to each family’s needs. From budgeting help to finding jobs and homes, they cover it all.

What makes Beam unique is their online community. It’s a place where people can find support and even raise money. This smart idea has won awards and is changing lives by bringing together technology and community spirit.

London Borough of Harrow’s (Harrow Council) Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Mina Parmar, said: “Temporary housing leaves families in a precarious situation. It limits potential and affects quality of life.

“We’re keen to explore any approach that can unlock this difficult situation and give homeless families the promise of a better future. Beam’s work brings sustainable housing within reach of its clients and has the clear potential to transform many more local lives.”

Alex Stephany, Founder and CEO of Beam, added: “Beam is using technology alongside human-centred casework to support families living in temporary accommodation in Harrow, into stable homes.

“It’s encouraging to see forward-thinking councils like Harrow investing in sustainable and innovative solutions to the homelessness crisis, and we’re proud and excited to be working with them.”

Since it was founded in 2017, Beam’s one-to-one caseworker support and crowdfunding provision has enabled more than 3,000 people to secure stable work and housing.

Find out more about its work now at beam.org

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