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 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.
Homelessness: A life and time
By James W Sutton
Homelessness; what is it?
Our culture of people sending innocent others too far gone.
Is it our lack of understanding that we send them to sleep, outside and not into the warm?
We are into the 21st century… is there no hope for anything?
Homelessness: is it time, to unjust and put aside spite. Time to give food and riches.
But nothingness is handed to the poor, the looked upon as ‘classless’ homeless people. The world’s satisfaction of the human race… despair.
Homeless people under the radar of the rich and the middle class who think, ‘Lucky us. We have a home and I'm not homeless like them hobos.’
We treat people with these words. We don't see what is important and often right in front of us.
Life can go two ways: richness and poverty.
We blame drugs, yet they are vulnerable souls being taken advantage of. I say, ‘Be addicted to your community; of helping the poor and of the homeless.’
Homeless and time: time is running out; water and food to help them win and survive their ordeal, but stigmas nearly always win.
Some of us have hope to survive, and sometimes, all we need is someone to hug and protect us from this unjust sorrow. How justice must lead to this wounded patch that we call ‘homeless.’
Poem on homelessness written by James W Sutton, a sixth form pupil at Hazel Oak School in Shirley, Solihull.
Hazel Oak is an all age special school for children with moderate learning difficulties, many of whom are on the autistic spectrum
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.
Wednesday June 19
Wednesday September 25
Wednesday December 4
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.
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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