Welcome to SCAH and the work of Solihull Churches relating to homelessness.
Begun in 1993 when 'cardboard cities' were at their height, campaigning soon developed into practical action and over the years initiatives such as assisted housing for the young, a rent deposit scheme and furniture restoration have been part of SCAH's work.
Here you will find information regarding our current work and concerns. We invite your participation - your interest, becoming a SCAH Advocate, making a donation. We also invite your prayers for those with whom we work.
Could you be a volunteer? (We really need 3 or 4 more shoppers to replace 'retirees')
As a 'shopper' helping to provide 'starter packs' (see tab above) to people who are about to leave homelessness? There are some basic requirements:
1. Be a car owner.
2. Able to carry a microwave (part of a Starter Pack) by yourself.
3. Able to finance a 'starter pack' purchase before (fast, bank transfer) reimbursement based on production of receipts.
4. Be prepared to shop 'on-line' as well as physically.
5. Be reasonably computer literate (able to access and respond to emails).
Please email your details to:
admin@ scah.org.uk, for the attention of the Secretary, SCAH
THE HOMELESSNESS REDUCTION ACT
This came into force at the beginning of April 2018.
Information on this and much more from Homeless Link here
The three main reasons for having lost a last settled home, given by applicants for homelessness support from local councils are: parents, friends or relatives unwilling or unable to continue to accommodate them. relationship breakdown, including domestic violence. loss of an assured shorthold tenancy.
More comprehensive information can be found on the Shelter website here
In Solihull it is St Basil's who are working directly with young people who have had to leave the parental home. Issues with assured shorthand tenancies with private landlords are aggravated by a lack of social housing managed by the Council. The work of Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid highlights the acute needs of those who have suffered domestic violence and that this often involves children too.
ACTION & ADVOCACY - a Christian response to homelessness
A statement and commitment by the Churches on 22nd January, Homelessness Sunday.
Statement and Signatories here
Some responses from recipients of our support:
Your generosity goes beyond the donations I was expecting. It has taken unbeiievable pressure off me. It will make such a difference to me and my children - enabling us to 'move on' quicker.
Thank you very much for the food parcel which is very much appreciated and very much needed.
We have been able to make a fresh start and build our home again. Things are starting to look up for us now.
Quarterly Open Meetings
All are welcome to learn more about the work of SCAH and contribute to discussions.
Venue: the Meeting Place @ Christ Church (B91 3DG)
Time: 12.15pm for a light buffet lunch.
Remaining Date for 2020:
*NOTE: In view of the emergency restrictions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, the above meeting is likely to take place by Zoom. If you would like to 'attend' the meeting, please let the Secretary of SCAH know by emailing admin@SCAH.org.uk.
DEBT ADVICE CENTRES in SOLIHULL
Christians Against Poverty, offer these services in Solihull: Access by entering postcode on CAP's website.
Six Bible studies produced by the Joint Public Issues Team of the URC, Methodist, Baptist Churches and the Church of Scotland in collaboration with Housing Justice to help churches offer practical support to those in housing crisis.
click logo for pdf document
SUPPORT @ OLTON LIBRARY
Every Tuesday at Olton Library there is a drop-in clinic for entrenched rough sleepers and those at risk of sleeping rough. There will be advice and support from 11.00AM-1.00PM.
Supported Lodging Scheme seeks your participation
Home2Home seeks to provide short-term accommodation for young adults who would otherwise be homeless.
Do you have a spare room? See here for more details