At the Architects Benevolent Society we understand that issues with housing can occur for many reasons. Higher rents, increase in the cost of living and changes in household situations are often factors and can affect everyone.  If you are worried about your housing and are working in the architectural profession (architect, technologist or landscape architect), or a spouse/partner, we may be able to help through our partnership with Shelter UK.

Who is Shelter?

Shelter is a charity helping those who are facing homelessness and bad housing. They offer advice, advocacy, support and legal services. Through our partnership we can offer help in England and Wales.

What we can offer

Shelter provide specialist telephone casework around complex housing issues. They can act as advocates for you when dealing with legal issues. This is a fast track service and you can be seen quickly. Shelter can help with the following:

  • Debt management (insolvency, CCJs, dealing with creditors, etc.)
  • Mortgage/rent arrears
  • House under threat of possession
  • Property becoming unsuitable
  • Victim of domestic abuse and the property is joint owned

If your issue isn’t listed please contact us as we are able to offer advice or support with other issues.

You can contact us by:

phone: 020 3918 8588



post: The Welfare Team, Architects Benevolent Society, 6 Brewery Square, Copper Row, London, SE1 2LF

Dealing with housing issues can be very stressful and can impact on other aspects of your life such as work, relationships and mental health. Our Welfare Officers are happy to talk you through any problems you may be facing. The best way to contact them is over the phone or online.

You can find more information about Shelter

  • Redundancy Support

    If in the current climate you are facing redundancy please see here for more information, including how the ABS can help you.
  • Here when you need us

    Click here for housing advice, financial assistance, mental health support or legal guidance. Architects Benevolent Society are here to help!
  • ABS Covid-19 Response

    Architects Benevolent Society would like to assure those in the wider architectural community that we are here to help and continue to offer our support services.