Jan 16, 2018
Our client is a young man who has been street homeless for sometime. He has now been offered a permanent place of his own, but obviously has nothing to his name in terms of furniture or white goods. Our agents have applied to his local council for a welfare grant and they have supplied a fridge, kettle and a toaster. A cooker and a washing machine have been applied to one grant for, and for a freezer to another grant. This means he still needs a bed and a chair or sofa of some kind and we were asked to help with this. We agreed to send him £100 so that he can access his local Emmamus to get both of these from them second hand. Any left over money can be used to purchase some bedding.
Mar 20, 2017
Today we sent across £62.22 to help a formerly homeless man access accommodation. He had been offered a permanent place to stay, but needed two service charges paying, totalling £50.22 , before he could move in. Then he needed to collect his belongings which had been stored for him by a hostel, so needed £12 to pay the taxi fare, to collect those and take them to his new home. All in all a very good outcome.
Mar 10, 2017
We were approached about a lady who was street homeless, with breast cancer, which had unfortunately spread to her lymphnodes. The hospital were unable to treat her while she was homeless, so her local council have been pressured into providing her with adequate housing. It is only a small place, which has to be self contained and kept spotlessly clean as once she begins treatment her immune system will be obliterated and she'll be at risk to catching infections.
All she had with her was a supermarket bag for life, containing her few belongings. Her travel costs had already been covered by a sponsor, but we sent across £150, so that she could buy a bed and mattress, a small chest of drawers and some cooking pots.
Feb 28, 2017
We were contacted urgently about a man who was struggling to get housed in the town he was in. His street daughter (not his biological daughter) was in this town and he was hopeful that would allow him be housed in that area so they could stay in touch. Unfortunately he wasn't supported with this as well as hoped with this and it ended up badly with him miles from his friends, and with nowhere to be. He is suffering with alcoholic dementia and his body is 80% covered with psoriasis, with 40% of that, open wounds. He had no money to get back to his friends who were waiting for him, ready to take care of him. We sent across a sum of money to provide some money for food and supplies, and to pay for his train ticket to return 'home', even though that meant still living out on the streets.
Jan 19, 2017
We were alerted to someone who was finally being allowed to move out of rehab and had a flat ready and waiting for them to move into, but the barrier to this becoming a possibility was the requirement that a week's rent of £87 be paid up front. We quickly agreed that to do this was the best way to support this person, and arranged for the sum of £87 to be sent directly to the landlord to make sure it was all dealt with speedily and without delay. They were able to move into their new accommodation that very day.
Jan 5, 2017
Our agent told us of a lady who because of a thyroid imbalance, mental health issues and asthma was having to be frequently admitted to hospital for treatment. The thyroid imbalance caused her to be morbidly obsese, which meant she struggled with washing, and also didn't have any spare clothes at all, only those she struggled to stand up in. This meant her clothes were in need of washing and have lots holes in them. This is alienating her from other people that are currently staying temporarily in the same hostel as her. We agreed to send across a sum of money to allow her to purchase some spare clothes. Our agent will help her bid on accommodation with her local authority. Also they will be making sure that all is done that can be done to support her and her health conditions.
Dec 31, 2016
Our agent told us of a young man, 19 years old, who had been running with the wrong crowd. He had begun to see what was going on and wanted out, but so far that has meant he has been twice attacked, resulting in his hands being slashed and stabbed. That matter is being dealt with by the appropriate authorities, but his living situation needed addressing. A place has been found for him to move to and be safe and secure, but it was necessary to put him up in accommodation to keep him safe and off the streets. We sent across £100, £50 of that to go towards his overnight accommodation for the past few nights, and £50 for him to be able to get some essentials.