Last year, James went through two of the biggest hardships life throws at us. His relationship fell apart, and at the same time, his business stopped trading. He became homeless, with no income to rely on and moved to a Guest House.
He agreed to pay £92 per week which covered heating, lighting and Council Tax, plus an evening meal. James used his savings to pay for this, but they soon ran out. His Landlord then applied for Housing Benefit on his behalf, saying that James had to pay £47/ week from his Job Seekers Allowance towards housing costs. This left James very short of money and he had no receipts or proof of previous cash payments to landlord. Once James’ savings ran out he was afraid he would be evicted and was referred to Homeless Prevention Service for help.
HPS contacted a landlord who had previously let to other HPS clients and who owns various flats. He had an available flat which James viewed and accepted. His HPS advisor applied for Discretionary Housing Payment for the deposit and for grants to help purchase essential furniture. Soon, James was able to John move out of the Guest House and into his new tenancy.
James, relieved and happy have a solid tenancy, began the process of settling in and looking for a job.
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