Calling Hackney residents: cash offered to help “sofa surfers”

A charity set up to tackle poverty in East London is urging landlords and tenants with a spare room to help so-called “sofa surfers” and vulnerably housed people across Hackney in return for tax-free payment.

The move is part of the Quaker Social Action’ Homelink project, which offers advice, training and support to single young adults at risk of homelessness and free advice and a bond guarantee to landlords.

Homeowners can earn up to �4,250 per year tax free by housing someone between the age of 18 and 35 years old who is eligible for the scheme.

Project manager Marike van Harskamp, said: “When times and money are tough, it doesn’t take much for housing and homes to become at risk.

“Because of the rental income, taking in a lodger is an effective solution to secure the financial positions of homeowners, and tenants too.”

An information morning takes place at the charity’s offices, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green on Saturday February 4 from 11am to 12pm.

For more information call Marike van Harskamp on 020 89835060 or