Nov 8, 2018
Our case was a request to help a man who has formerly been street homeless. He is housed now, and his rent is paid directly to his landlord via housing benefit, but he is struggling to survive on £190 a month benefits, which has to cover the shortfall in his council tax payments, his bills, energy costs and food. His phone contract is in arrears and he is becoming increasingly anxious about losing the ability to use his phone, which could have serious implications for his Universal Credit claim. We agreed to help him out by sending him £50 to use towards his phone and bills.
Jul 11, 2018
One of our members was contacted about the Warm Coat Rail in their area, where winter coats are donated and left at the warm coat rail for the homeless to wear now that the days and nights are much colder. We agreed to donate £40 to be used to purchase some coats via the local charity shops. Several coats were donated for the grand sum of £38.99. If you have a warm coat rail in the area you live, please consider donating any winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves you might have and help someone that is homeless this winter to stay that bit warmer. Thank you.
Jun 29, 2018
A housing support officer contacted us about a man she'd been helping off the streets and into accommodation of his own. She'd successfully applied for a grant for some furniture and white goods, such as an oven and fridge, however he is without a washing machine. She asked if we could offer a sum of money so that he could put that towards the cost of a second hand machine. We agreed to send him £80.
Oct 18, 2017
We were approached by our agents who have recently begun supporting a single man who has been sofa surfing for the past six years, staying with friends and family. He has most recently been staying with a friend in a one bedroomed flat, but the friend has now expressed his need for our client to leave. Our agents have managed to find him suitable accommodation, but in order to be able to move in he needs some help with the deposit and the admin fee. He does not have any savings and the only possessions he owns are his clothes.
He needed £50 to cover the admin fee and the deposit is £400. We agreed we would send across £200 to help him, £50 for the admin fee and £150 towards the deposit. The landlorad has said that he can pay the remainder of the deposit over the next six months.
Sep 24, 2017
One of our biscuits yesterday came across a young pregnant woman, homeless and living on the streets. She literally had nothing. We took her along to a homeless shelter in the town where she was, and requested she be given a bed for the next five weeks, and that the Biscuit Fund would meet the costs of that. It would have been £275, but they reduced the cost to £225, and agreed to help the young woman access benefits and be put forward and supported towards becoming housed.
Sep 5, 2017
It was suggested to us by one of our agents that we might consider donating a sum of money to one of the homeless charities, that are looking at purchasing some end of season tents from a high street store. We offered them £150 as the tents they were looking at were £5 each, this will allow them to help a lot of people to stay dry and hopefully a bit warmer over the coming autumn and winter seasons.
Aug 2, 2017
We were contacted about a man who had been street homeless, he'd not long since been released from hospital and then had no clothes at all to wear on his discharge from hospital. He has been offered a caravan to live in, which will get him off the streets, which is wonderful. However, he does not have enough money to get a gas cannister to provide heat and energy to the van, so that he can cook. We agreed to send across £36 which would be enough to provide a filled container of gas, the deposit being overlooked by the company supplying it as they know our contact well.
Jul 26, 2017
We were approached by our agent asking for help for a man she has been assisting. He had been sofa surfing with his two friends, a husband and wife. Sadly the husband has now died and the fact that they were all sofa surfing with friends has now been detected and this is not allowed to continue as it goes against the rules of their friend's tenancy.. Her client has been forced to leave and back on to the streets, but as he has nowhere to go she asked for enough money to be able to buy him tent. We sent across £50 to cover the cost of a tent she'd seen on offer at a local store. Hopefully this will provide him with some shelter at least.
Jun 30, 2017
Our client is a man who has been living on the streets for the past 13 years. He has finally been given a place of his own but was short of some things. There is a place locally that they can use to purchase refurbished items, and he needed a bed, a fridge and curtains for his new home. We agreed to send £200 so he could be provided with the items that he needs. Our agent was actually meeting him in person to make sure that all the items were got for him and then arranged collection and delivery. Hopefully he will now be settled in.
Jun 22, 2017
A man in his 50's who has been living in a hostel was finally offered his own accommodation. He has been refused Employment Support Allowance, despite ongoing psychiatric interventions. He is appealing this decision with support from our agents and only receives £73.10 per week, the pre-assessment rate of ESA. His local council have been very supportive towards him and have provided a fridge freezer, bed and seating, but he did not have access to a washing machine. Service washes at laundrettes are very expensive, and were not accessible to him, nor was ready access to his family where he might have been able to get some washing done. We agreed that we would grant the money to provide a basic one for him.
Jun 21, 2017
One of our agents contacted us urgently to say she was with a homeless girl who had been able to secure a job interview. She'd managed to put together suitable clothing, but had absolutely no money at all. We sent £50 to our agent so that she had some money to cover food and travel costs.
Jun 21, 2017
Our client is a homeless man who is currently staying in very temporary accommodation, and is without his motorised wheelchair that was stolen from him two months ago. He has been using a borrowed manual chair, but is unable to propell himself around in this and relies heavily on other homeless people to push him around. Most are okay, but some are not and take advantage of him, by pushing him in his chair to say the cashpoint, but then demanding he gives them a loan from his disability benefit payment, which he feels obliged to give them. He is also pushed to places, then abandoned when the person pushing him becomes drunk and this is where our agent found him, stranded in his manual chair, baking in this heat. She got him to safety and approached us for a contribution towards a replacement for him, a motorised scooter with a tracking and security device on it to prevent it being stolen again. The impact of him losing his chair has been enormous and he has detoriated so much. We agreed to send across £200 towards this. Our agent secured a grant from a local organisation, and a new motorised scooter will be purchased for him to give him his independence back. A secure place has been found for it to be stored when it is not in use or is being charged.
Jan 15, 2017
Our agent contacted us with an urgent case of a man currently in a homeless shelter. He has an injury which makes walking difficult, but even so was at risk of being evicted as he had a debt owing for rent from last May. He'd already had three warnings over this, and 28 days notice to quit. We agreed to cover the cost of this to prevent him being evicted out into the cold again, especially with an infected foot. The money was paid directly to our agent for safeguarding until the debt could be cleared early next week. The shelter were so impressed that we were able to step in and resolve this problem so quickly.