Man offered chance to move out of homeless accommodation

A man who has been in a homeless shelter for some months has finally been offered the opportunity to move into accommodation of his own.  The downside to this is that as he is only on a very basic level of benefits he does not have the resources to be able to put down the mandatory deposit of £73 to secure the property.  He is desperate to secure a place to live so that he can then begin to apply for work.  We were asked if this is something we could help with.  We agreed it is not something we usually do but knowing the back story, which sadly we can't share here, we agreed to help.  We also offered a little bit extra so he could buy a few extra bits and pieces, sending him £120 in all.  We received an email later that date from our agents saying the following:

Thank you so much again, you have gone above and beyond. XXX will be delighted with the news as he will be signing for the property tomorrow so the deposit means he can secure it. The extra money is just unbelievable, thank you so much, it will put to good use by XXX. 

Tags : homelessness benefits deposit movinghome seekingemployment

Mother of three moves from cramped apartment

A single mother of three children, all under five years of age have been able to move from their cramped apartment to a more suitable house for them all.  The mother copes on her own financially with the children as their father is not around, nor does he contribute towards child maintenance.   The mother is getting very panicky as she is aware it is expensive to move, plus more importantly her new home has stairs and the children aren't used to stairs at all, so she needs to purchase some safety gates.  Plus she is in distress over the cost of moving, and the switch over of addresses as that often involves unforseen costs.  We agreed to send her £100 to help her out with this.

Tags : Benefits movinghome safety 3under5 singleparents nomaintenance

Former teacher undergoing cancer treatment is struggling

A former teacher diagnosed with cancer is currently undergoing high dose chemotherapy and awaiting a stem cell transplant.  She is a single parent and former teacher, now unable to work due to her diagnosis.  She has no family and is no longer able to drive.  She is struggling financially and was recently forced to move home through no fault of her own.  We agreed to send her £150 to use towards food and energy costs.

Tags : Cancer chemotherapy debt movinghome poverty foodandenergypoverty

Moving home

Our agents contacted us about a single mum, 28 years old,  with two children, 10 and 4.  The youngest has recently been diagnosed with Autism and they have moved into a property that allowed him to have his own bedroom.  This mum has no family support as her own mother was/is a drug user and she has had no contact with her for 17 years.  She has had to give up her job which she enjoyed to care for her youngest and was desperately in need of some items for the childrens rooms.  She needed quilts and bedding for their beds and curtains for their rooms.  The youngest suffers with incontenience due to his disability so she needed a new mattress for him, as well as some form of mattress protection.  She had taken out a social fund loan to help her and the repayments for this would soon begin, so she was already be disadvantaged financially.  We sent across £200 to cover all of this, so she could purchase what she needed.

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