Heroes without a home
Forum thread for campaign Heroes without a home
“ Why so many Armed Forces Veterans are homeless and what can we do? ”
one reads so much in the papers about this. maybe someone could stay for the 3 months and do some odd jobs etc., which would help me. and they would be able to save up. as I am ex navy, maybe an ex navy person what do you think. but they couldn't live here for ever , but just enough time for them to get used to not being in the services..........
That's a very kind genorous offer but a word of warning, There are so many unscupulus people around these days who if you let them in your home you may not only lose some possesions but you could posibly suffer something much more serious. It is only last year that the Millionaire couple let a homeless young man in to live with them in Stourbridge and he then stabbed both the Wife and son to death, leaving the Husband seriously ill This may sound a trifle dramatic but Safe rather than Sorry.
As I see you live in a perhaps strong Naval / ex. Naval area it would be safer to go through Official channels, as there are sure to be some down your way.
Good Luck Carmel with whatever you decide. Regards John Daly
I took two large Parcels of clothing into the Salvation Army shop in Gloucester and remarked that when i pass through the City Centre on an evening there are an unusually large amount of people around their Van which hands out Hot Soup and rolls. The man told me that that a large majority of them don't speak English and the amount is increasing week by week.
As the lads have posted above , put our own first. "Charity begins at Home"
had my mortgage paid, council tax paid I would have received job seekers allowance etc. It took me a long time to adjust to my disability and to get the disability allowance I am entitled to, but having been forced to sell my house, I moved north and had a smaller home built that suits my needs. In future proofing my new home I added a spare room that I am quite happy to offer up on a short term basis for anyone who needs it. I hate that so many ex forces are still homeless with nowhere to go, I can't provide a property but I can provide a spare room.
Having read your most, generous, brave and kind offer i wonder if you are the Lady who made this some similar offer some time ag. time ago. If so or if not could i just say that Please proceed carefully with who you offering this too. Make sure that even with your local either ex. Services or the local Police as even with the best Credentials you have made it clear that you have a disability. Sadly Folks do not always seem to be what they make themselves out to be.
Good Luck Girl and God Bless.you. I know that Have all the Forces Reunited Members in full support at this time.
Thank you for your kind concern. I gave this issue much thought and view it as I would a 'Bed & Breakfast' business, you trust your visitor is staying in good faith. I also have good contacts with the local police, RBL and social services, with this in mind I would insist on checks being carried out for peace of mind.
The government need to act now !
I try to get them help through the various services that are out here sheltered housing and Salvation army for example but it makes me mad to see them just left to fend for them selves !!
On another note and more practical : if an ex service person is rehoused. then it may be worth contacting their local SSAFA branch, who will put them in touch with a case worker and they can help obtain funding for new furnishings and white goods.
Ideal would be a one week residential course about 18 months/2 years before in which everything from housing (how to apply and where), terminal grants, pensions, lists of service and Regimental charities and what each does. All attendees would have their questions and problems discussed with each other, pick the best answers. But most importantly is for the Government to make it mandatory for suitable social housing to be made available in the locality of choice for the day of departure or up to three months earlier if requested at the start of any terminal leave.