Help our Homeless

How has your money been spent?

Help Our Homeless has received requests for funds that have been raised due to the generosity of the people of Ipswich.

We have already responded to individual requests for financial support from funds received via the Help Our Homeless Campaign.

When the Beast from the East arrived in Ipswich HOH was able to give money to the Chapman Centre to provide over 70 hot meals over three days to  people who are homeless.

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Help Our Homeless supported a vulnerable young man by purchasing a new winter coat for him. He was sent to Ipswich and placed in temporary accommodation by another council without any belongings and the weather was exceptionally cold.

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HOH paid 50% of Bed and Breakfast costs to support an individual who had to be hospitalised for surgery.  There was a bed available at a local hostel but this would not be ready in time and so HOH bridged the gap and was able to provide funding for temporary accommodation so this individual could access the hospital. Surgery would not have been possible if housing had not been available.

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The Steering Group members worked together to fill 14 rucksacks with necessary items for our clients - toiletries, socks, underwear, gloves etc. These items were kindly donated by the people of Ipswich, for the people of Ipswich who are homeless. The rucksacks were handed out at the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter and guests at Cavendish lodge.

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A Polish national was unable to find a job due to an expired passport.  HOH paid half of his train fare to London, and other agencies contributed towards the balance, and the cost of the passport.

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In response to the very cold weather, Help Our Homeless donated funds to provide free dinners to all service users who came to the Chapman Centre. This usually costs the person £1 per lunch but for Wednesday 28 February 2018 to Friday 2 March 2018 lunch was free for those registered service users who come along before 11.30.

The Chapman Centre was also open extended hours, with hot drinks on tap for service users.

 

HOH has supported someone to reconnect with their family in Europe and paid for 3 nights in a B and B whilst waiting for a flight..

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HOH purchased suitable clothing for a street homeless individual who attended hospital in London.  A dressing gown, pyjamas, slippers and toiletries were purchased together with a rucksack for carrying the goods.

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A young person presented at a local agency needing respite from rough sleeping (prior to a Mental Health Assessment). HOH was able to match fund B&B costs for the weekend until further funding could be obtained from the Rough Sleeper Initiative which allowed another 3 nights in temporary accommodation until alternative housing options could be explored.

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A family has been hoarding things for around 2 years - this includes old clothes, empty packaging and old toys.  They started hoarding because one of the children could not cope with anything being thrown away due to a mental health illness.  Now the family is accessing mental health support services and feel they are able to start clearing their house.  By identifying and successfully applying for funding for the skip’s permit (to prevent eviction)  you have contributed to the family improving their well-being and progressing towards their agreed objectives and a reduction on the demand being placed on various support services. The skip will require a permit from Suffolk County Council due it having to be placed on the roadside adjacent to the house.

 

Great to be able to make a difference to someone, thanks to your donations.

Affiliated Organisations

Turning Point
Ipswich Housing Action Group
IWNS
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Suffolk Constabulary
ILHP