The Michael Lynch Centre for Enterprise
71 Princes Street, Ardrossan, Ayrshire
KA22 8DG Tel No: 01294 475636

Scottish Charity No 028100
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CHAP provides free, confidential, independent advice, information and advocacy support on housing and housing related issues to all residents across North Ayrshire.

Advice and Information on: Rent arrears, Council tax arrears, Homeless issues, Eviction, Neighbourhood disputes, Re-housing issues.

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Ayrshire Homelessness and Prevention Services

Ayrshire Homelessness and Prevention Services

On Tuesday 12th January 2010 at the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock, Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister launched a new service (A.H.A.P.) to provide money advice and legal representation to home owners in Ayrshire facing mortgage repossession.

The Ayrshire project initially received £191,215 for its work, and is one of 16 around Scotland that late last year the Scottish Legal Aid Board announced would share in excess of £2 million of funding made available by the Scottish Government, to enhance legal advice services for people affected by the economic downturn and targeting issues such as repossession and debt.

Susan Carson, Director of Services for Community Housing Advocacy Project (CHAP), who are the lead organisation said, "It’s about getting in early to help people and so avoiding repossessions. The service will provide legal advice across the Kilmarnock and Ayr courts and will provide crucial advice at critical moments in people's lives. For any one person and their family - dealing with legal issues or having to attend a court hearing can be extremely stressful and unnerving. The funding has allowed the project to recruit a full time solicitor employed by Govan Law Centre, a full time dedicated Money Advice Worker employed by CHAP and administration support. Now, more than ever, people need our help and this funding will help us to provide an enhanced service.”

Ayrshire Homelessness and Prevention (A.H.A.P)   Ayrshire Homelessnes and Prevention (A.H.A.P)

Colin Lancaster, Director of Policy and Development at the Scottish Legal Aid Board, one of the launch speakers said, “This funding opens up access to justice for more people and means that they will be able to get targeted advice to help them to deal with their legal problems. We know that the majority of repossession cases are not defended and that even where homeowners do take action to try to keep their homes, many go unrepresented or don’t turn up at court. In many cases early resolution of the problem might have meant avoidance of court altogether. We also know that helping someone avoid repossession does not always end their problems and that follow up work to tackle unresolved issues is also often needed.”

Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said “Families and individuals wrestling with debt can often feel stressed and isolated. At a time when communities across Scotland have to deal with challenging economic conditions, it is imperative that professional advice is available to our most vulnerable citizens. That is why this funding, provided by this Government, will make a real difference to families across Ayrshire in need of debt advice.”

Mike Dailly of Govan Law Centre, said, “Govan Law Centre’s team of solicitors is nationally recognised as having expertise in the prevention of homelessness. Our new project solicitor brings many years of experience as Principal Solicitor for both a national homelessness charity and a community-based law centre to this team. By combining these strengths with those of a local grass roots organisation, with Scottish Legal Aid Board funding, we aim to be in a position to provide dedicated money advice and qualified legal representation to the people of Ayrshire to prevent mortgage repossession on a sustainable basis.”

Members of the public can contact A.H.A.P. on 01294 475633

To make a referral to the AHAP service please click on the following links for access to the referral forms.

Money Advice Agencies Referral Form |   Generic Referral Form

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