homelessness

No place like home

Savethefamily.uk.com asks the world 'why make a family homeless?' Of course, we have a natural yearning as a family unit to stay together. Savethefamily are the largest Homeless Family charity in the UK. They keep homeless families together and work to address each individual  compounded problem, in a practical, needs-led, holistic way. On Monday the 6th of April Savethefamily showed the world the human cost of the recession. In hosting Sky News they opened our eyes to the part everybody would like to forget. They remind us that local and national government deal with individuals - there is no family approach that deals with things holistically.

Watch chief Executive Tim Mc Lauchlan talking on Sky News in Wales:

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"Families don't fit into boxes. We meet these families where they are - we go towards them and we lift them from where they are without judging them"

This social enterprise are evidently thinking differently in seeing the bigger picture and addressing needs that get ignored elsewhere, helping families re-settle back into the community to contribute socially and economically.

Cash for homeless services

Stirling Council has announced it is to spend an extra £730,000 improving homeless services in the area. Councillors had previously set aside £1m to convert the former Holy Trinity School into ten homeless units.

The investment is aimed at cutting the cost of placing homeless families into bed and breakfast accommodation.

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The area currently has 70 families, including about 100 children, living in temporary accommodation, at a cost of more than £500 per place a week. The hostel, at the former school in Stirling, will open in the autumn. SNP councillor Alasdair MacPherson said: "Nearly 800 people have approached the council for help because of homelessness since April last year.

"By the end of February there were 250 homeless households waiting to be re-housed."

He added: "This new investment in the service will go a long way to ensure that homeless applicants receive the quality of service they need when faced with a housing crisis."