People struggling on a low income will be able to access a food store (Credit: Havering Council)
The site is designed to give residents access to local council services, such as housing and employment advice.
They will also be able to access free Wi-Fi and equipment, training opportunities and a wide range of social activities.
The hub will be based in the old housing office in Chippenham Road until the Harold Hill Library is ready later this year.
People struggling on a low income can access a community food shop, managed by Peabody, at the hub.
They will be given access to a variety of non-perishable, chilled and frozen food in exchange for a weekly membership fee of £5.
The food will reportedly be worth far more than the £5 fee.
Wates Residential has also donated staff time and materials as part of their social value programme to help renovate the building.
Christians Against Poverty, Tapestry, The Baby Bank HQ and many other organisations will also help provide support to people who need it.
Councillor Viddy Persaud, cabinet member for public protection and safety, said: “Many families and individuals in our community are going through difficult times, especially in light of the pandemic, and we want to do all that we can to help them.
“The Harold Hill Community Hub will bring together frontline Council services with the voluntary sector to offer residents local access to support.”
Initially, the Harold Hill Community Hub will be open Tuesdays 1pm to 5pm for general advice and the community food shop.
It will be open Thursdays 1pm to 5pm for employment advice and support.
More information can be found online here.
A community hub will be opening in Rainham Library in summer to offer a similar range of services.
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