NEARLY 150 households were prevented from becoming homeless in Copeland in the last year, new figures reveal.

More than 500 people sought Copeland Council’s advice on housing matters in 2018/19, and the team also helped secure alternative accommodation for 184 individuals or families who had to leave their homes.

The housing team works every day with individuals, families, support agencies and landlords to prevent people from having to leave their homes, and helps to find alternative accommodation.

Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, said: “We pride ourselves on our homeless prevention work, putting measures in place wherever we can to prevent people becoming homeless. The most common causes of people facing the loss of a home include relationship breakdown, eviction for tenancy breaches and being asked to leave by family and friends.

“We focus on trying to help people resolve the causes so they do not find themselves in the same situation again."