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Client #16 has been living rough for in excess of two years. Due tocriminal convictions it was impossible for him to access hostel accommodation so he became an entrenched rough sleeper, living in a tent. As he had no address, he was unable to claim any form of benefit to help him with any living costs. Therefore he relied on begging to help him survive but found this was not enough to live off. Therefore food parcels, comprised of items that did not need cooking, were provided.
Client #17 was a victim of domestic violence which subsequently led her to be made homeless. As she was in her teens, she was not entitled to any JSA or Income support of high value and she also became addicted to heroin which is where most of the money she made went. Unfortunately, she turned to crime to feed her addiction and did not see anything else as important other than obtaining her next fix. Whilst she was provided with a refuge, which was paid for by housing benefit, she was not eating as money was spent on drugs. Food parcels were provided for her, so that she definitely had a source of nourishment readily available, rather than cash which she would not spend on essential items such as food.
Client #18 is an ex-member of Her Majesty’s forces, who found himself homeless and suffers PTSD. He tried to go to the job centre for help, but felt embarrassed and treated like a second class citizen, so made the decision not to pursue a claim, but instead would rather sell the Big Issue for a living. Whilst this made him some money, this was not sufficient enough to pay rent for his hostel accommodation, his daily living expenses and other bills, so he relied on food parcels for nutrition.
Client #19 is a single mother of two, who cannot claim any assistance for her children as they reside with her mother. She does, however, have them a couple of nights a week, but finds her age means she does not receive much income support, so does not have enough disposable income to buy her children treats and nice food when they stay over. She relies on food parcels to live off and saves any spare cash from doing so to treat her children.
Client #20 is long term unemployed due to his criminal record. He has been claiming JSA for a few years and even though he has been applying for jobs and working with the job club to try and find employment he finds his criminal record stops him getting anything stable. He is currently living in private rented accommodation but is not able to keep up with the bills and because of this uses our drop-in for breakfast and lunch so that he can just afford to live in his accommodation and not starve each day.