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.
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
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
Reporting Rough Sleepers
Please refer to the Solihull Rough Sleeper Protocol 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.
UPDATE on OUTREACH
June 2017 we provided assistance to 15 adults and 11 child at a cost of £2097
Cumulatively in 2017 - 72 adults and 37 children at a cost of £8658
We are very grateful for some generous donations this month.
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.
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