Mary (her name changed for anonymity) is a young single mother with 3 young children
who had been housed in a rural isolated ex-council house. She got into considerable
debt and rent arrears and realised she was not managing her life well. She responded
to support from the CAB and local Housing Support Team but needed over £400 to avoid
eviction by the Housing Association. LDHH were able to give her this money. She has
now paid off her other debts and is re-housed in the town where her children can
go to nursery and school and she can work. She was very appreciative of this help
and has offered to pay back by nominal amounts, which is generous given her circumstances.
A pound or two can make a difference
LDHH provides a float of petty cash operated by the local CAB office and the East
Lindsey Housing Support Team. At a recent meeting the CAB manager explained that
while with other CAB managers she had mentioned being able to give a client the price
of a bus fare to get to the local benefits agency, using the float. The other managers
said how much they would value such a facility.The float enables help to be given
quickly to clients to use necessary services or practical help.
Even just a tent can prevent homelessness
A recent small grant was to buy a tent to enable a young man to live in the garden
of his friends rather than being sent to a hostel in another town where he knew nobody.