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Man sofa-surfing

A man with mental health issues is in extreme dire straits and is currently sofa-surfing.  He desperately needs somewhere permanent to live. He is in receipt of Universal Credit, but there are so many deductions being made from his payments which leaves him with nowhere near enough to live off.  He has debts which our agents are trying to help him resolve, which they need to do as soon as possible.  Our agents asked us if we could help him with covering the cost of a Debt Relief Order application fee, and possibly a bit more for food, etc.  We agreed to cover the £90 fee and send him an extra £60 for food.

Tags : Benefits MentalHealth DRO Debts FoodPoverty

Disabled lady now dealing with cancer

A lady previously unable to work due to mental health issues is now finding herself undergoing serious treatment for cancer.  She was previously in receipt of Employment Support Allowance, however at renewal she failed the assessment and is currently only in receipt of her Personal Independence Payment of £360 per month.  Her monthly outgoings are £350, leaving her with just £10 for essentials and food to last her the month.  Our agents have helped her to reapply for ESA, and hopefully this will be successful.  In the meantime she is struggling to cope and really needed our help.  We agreed to send her £100 to go towards food and fuel.

Tags : ESA PIP DWP Cancer Poverty MentalHealth

Single man trying to survive on £17 a week

A single man in his thirties has been without any income at all apart from money raised from the occasional music lesson and some busking which raises approximately £17 a week.  He lives alone in a one bedroomed flat and suffers with depression, anxiety and PTSD.  Our agents have helped him to apply for the benefits he is entitled to claim and he now has a claim in for Universal Credit and is awaiting an assessment by the DWP to determine whether he has limited capability for work or not.  He is also being assisted to put in a claim for Personal Independence Payment, as well as a Discretionary Housing Payment to help with the shortfall in his housing benefit and the cost of his monthly rent.  He is also receiving guidance from his local debt team at Citizens Advice as he has built up a number of debts that are making his anxiety worse.  We agreed to cover the cost of a Debt Relief Order to address the debts, and send him £75 to help him out while he waits for his benefits to kick into payment.

Tags : DRO Benefits Poverty Debts MentalHealth

Man troubled by neighbours due to his beliefs

A man in his late 50s is currently living in private rented accommodation where he is surrounded by people much younger than him that are very loud and play music constantly which disturbs him.  He has complained to his landlord about this, and because the landlord feels he is being unreasonable with his request has given him notice to quit.  Finding himself at risk of homelessness he approached his local authority for help and sheltered accommodation has been found for him in a more appropriate area where he would be living in an area with people his own age.  He suffers with an underlying mental health condition and high anxiety, and has been subjected to anti-semetic abuse, which has now meant he feels unable to leave his home safely.  Due to the quickness of accommodation being found he has to accept it immediately or this accommodation will be lost.  Being only in receipt of job seekers allowance though, he does no savings to afford a man with a van for a couple of hours to move his belongings and furniture.  Our agents are very concerned that he does not miss this vital opportunity or he could end up in temporary accommodation which would only be worse for his mental health.  We agreed to send him £150.

Tags : Benefits JSA Homelessness MentalHealth Abuse threatsbyneighbours

Lady sectioned for over 30 years

We had a difficult case yesterday.  A lady who has just been released from her latest period in hospital, this latest was for six months, was in dire need of some money.  She has spent over 30 years of her life, more than half of it, sectioned under the mental health act.  She is currently living in supported accommodation which they are hoping will work out for her as she doesn't want to have to go back into hospital again.  She is though unable to cover the shortfall in her rent, nor pay her gas bill.  Her mental health holds her back, but her budgeting skills are not good, so when our agents visited her she had absolutely no food in the house at all.  They have put in an application for PIP, but she has only just been assessed so it will be at least another 4 weeks before that is put into payment.  We agreed to send her £175, to cover the shortfall in the rent, the gas bill and to pay for some food.

Tags : MentalHealth Sectioning ESA PIP Debt Rent Poverty

Domestic Violence survivor needs help

We were approached about a young woman who lives with her two children.  She is a survivor of domestic abuse which has impacted her mental health, resulting in her losing her job as she was unable to fulfill the role.  She has been switched over to Universal Credit which has resulted in her getting behind with her rent while it was being sorted out.  Her PIP application is currently at the appeal stage and she won't know the outcome for some weeks yet.  She does receive some money, albeit not the full amount.  Her child tax credits are paid to her next week but in the meantime she is without any money between now and then.  We agreed to send across £50 to help her out.

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Son dealing with mental health issues following the death of his mother

We were asked to help a young man, who gave up being self-employed to become a carer for his mother.  His mother has sadly died and this has impacted her son enormously, to the point where he is now feeling sucidal.  He has fallen into arrears with his rent while caring for his mother, and his private landlord has offered to overlook the arrears which amount to over £2,000 if he agrees to move out quickly.  He is without any income and needs to move all his and his mothers belongings and we were asked if we could contribute towards the cost of doing this.  By doing this it alleviates him falling into even further debt, and hopefully he can be eventually rehomed elsewhere.  A friend has offered to store his belongings in their garage.  We agreed to send him £100 to help him out of this dreadful situation.

Tags : MentalHealth death suicidalthoughts vulnerable homelessness

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