Posted on Aug 11, 2019

Newbury Soup Kitchen

Some people who sleep rough find it difficult to live anywhere other than in a place on their own that they can call home. One of our homeless said to us this week "I would rather die on the streets than go into a hostel"
This is no reflection of statutory accommodation; this is just a personal preference of an individual. Housing for vulnerable people should be absolutely CLIENT LED. No one will thrive or engage and decide to make better choices and decisions if they do not feel they are in control of their future. It is about "working with" someone not "working against" them.
Housing is always short. Private landlords are reluctant to take on a person on Universal Credit, as rent cannot be paid directly. However with support from Statutory Organisations and Charities, perhaps these arrangements are the way to help people that society forgets. Private Landlords need to come forward and work with us so these arrangements can help more people move on to a better life.
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