Supporting Rough Sleepers
The West London Day Centre continues to be busy with staff working hard to help people affected by homelessness.
The West London Day Centre continues to be busy with staff working hard to help people affected by homelessness to access necessary services and helping them to move off the streets and back into accommodation. This week we heard back from quite a lot of successful housing referrals – including a vulnerable man with mental health issues who was housed in temporary accommodation in Hackney, a long term rough sleeper who has eventually gone into a hostel in Soho, several women moved into women’s hostels in Marylebone and Victoria, an elderly gentleman who, with the support of a solicitor, was finally housed by the local authority in Tower Hamlets, another man who moved into a private rented room in Holloway and a woman who went into a new specialist Muslim Women’s project in South London.
But new people continue to come to the centre every day with a variety of complicated personal situations. This week we had another case of a person who had lost their accommodation when their home was repossessed due to their landlord defaulting on the mortgage; an Italian man rough sleeping at Marble Arch looking for work in London; a man who failed to attend a job centre training course and now has had his benefit payments stopped until September(!); a Brazilian woman fleeing a violent situation and several refugees looking for accommodation in London having been granted refugee status but not wanting to stay in Wolverhampton, Sheffield and other places where they were initially dispersed to when they first claimed asylum.