When Annie came to us, she and her daughter Laura were living in incredibly overcrowded conditions. They slept on Annie’s sister’s living room floor. Annie’s health issues meant she was unable to work. She receives benefits in the form of ESA and Tax Credits. To make ends meet she found herself with some debts and was struggling to make the monthly payment deadlines.
At first, Annie was successful in finding an unfurnished flat through an agency. But she wasn’t able to secure the flat because she didn’t have the money for both the deposit and the first month’s rent. After having managed to raise a large portion of the money, Annie wasn’t able to meet the £250 shortfall. Her savings were gone and her family and friends had already helped as much as they could afford.
Annie was very anxious to find a safe place to live for her and for her daughter. She was extremely stressed at the prospect that she would miss the chance to get the lease of this flat.
Cyrenians Homeless Prevention Service helped Annie to access a grant of £250 from the St Martin-in-the-Field’s Vicars Fund and this allowed her secure the flat. Cyrenians continued to help the family access other grants to buy beds and other furniture. As a result of this work Annie was able to set up a secure, safe and appropriate home for herself and her family.
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