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We are very concerned about the welfare of residents arising from the spread of COVID-19 and the changes to the way we go about our everyday lives.
Get the support you need
Use this form to tell us that you or someone you know needs help.
You can also call our coronavirus helpline: 020 8356 3111 (8am-5pm Monday-Friday).
What we’re doing
Like the many residents who have offered help and support to those who need it, we are especially concerned about our most vulnerable residents, as well as those who have been made redundant or are losing business as a result of the pandemic.
A group of senior officers and councillors has been established to help coordinate local voluntary and community groups to help support people.
We’re also be reaching out to local grassroots groups which have been set up, to offer support and help connect efforts.
Volunteer to help
If you would like to volunteer to help, see our volunteering page.
The find support services map shows organisations that are open but providing an online or phone alternative to their usual activities in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We’re calling on private landlords to support private renters affected by the outbreak, and have asked the government to do more to protect renters by banning using non-payment of rent due to coronavirus as a basis for eviction. Read the letter to the government from Cllr Sem Moema, Mayoral Adviser for Private Renting and Housing Affordability.
Our benefits and housing needs service can help ensure tenants are getting the financial support they are entitled to, provide advice on maintaining tenancies, and – where there is likely to be shortfalls in rent payments – help with applications for discretionary housing payments. For more information see housing options and advice.
Our website also lists all the usual support available for residents on low incomes who may be experiencing hardship:
- apply to the Council’s discretionary crisis support scheme for help with urgent financial needs
- apply for a discretionary housing payment if you’re having difficulty paying your rent
- check if you’re eligible for housing benefit or a reduction in your council tax
The Government has made a series of announcements about the support available to businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Residents whose income or job has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic can seek support from the Council via our employment service Hackney Works.
Our specialist team can support you to find work or training, as well as offer advice on interviews and CV writing.
Details of job opportunities including temporary roles will be kept updated on our webpages – please use the links below and check these regularly if you are currently actively looking for employment: Hackney Works opportunities.