Dec 13, 2018
We had an urgent request for help for a young man who found himself homeless and living on the streets following issues at home. He had been living in a hostel until suitable and affordable accommodation could be found for him. When these come up it is often necessary to move very fast otherwise the opportunity is lost, and he would be back to waiting again. He heard that a property had become available but he would need to be able to afford the first weeks rent as a deposit and be able to pay that within days. He is currently in receipt of job seekers allowance, and will be able to claim housing benefit to pay the rent going forward. He is very keen to get off benefits and back into employment. We agreed to help him with his first rental payment of £81.88, so we could be certain he would be housed.
Jun 15, 2018
A man in his late 50s, following a relationship breakdown recently had to move into new accommodation. He is keen to work, but is currently too unwell to do so and is waiting on a surgery date for an operation. Now he is living in a bedsit, with shared bathroom facilities, but no cooking facilities whatsoever. He used all his benefits money to pay his private landlord a deposit 2 months ago, but still has some money yet to be paid. He has 70p left in the bank, and still two weeks to go until he receives his benefits payment again. To add insult to injury, he has also had his pushbike stolen, so he is unable to replace that either. We agreed to send him £100 so he could buy a small table top oven, or hob to use to cook food on, and have some money left over to buy food and be able to top up his energy meter.
Feb 28, 2018
We were asked to help a man who has been living on the streets for some time, or in very temporary situations. He has now been offered a room in a shared hous. He is on an extremely low income and has used most of that money to pay for the deposit for the room. He has nothing but what he stands up in and needs some bedding, crockery, etc. We agreed to send over £70 so that he could purchase what he needs.