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My Mate About To Be Homeless ( Advice Please)

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by plinkerton, Jul 25, 2018.

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    Mate of mine’s misses has had relative die and I believe that his retirement from ill health and flash holidays- I suspect he has been difficult to live with and possibly lump sum spent.

    He’s ex forces.

    Anyway his dogs have been given the boot by weekend and he is soon to be given the same.
    I’ve offered temporary home for his dogs, but three permanent dogs not long term option.

    My thoughts are run a 7.5 ton tail lift box down to extract him and his gear to our warehouse= free storage.

    1) Got an associate who lives maybe 40 days a year in a house, may be able to swing a property guardian deal short term.
    2) pop him in our caravan locally
    3) move some of our stuff to our warehouse and room at our place short term.

    I think he will need housing benefit and his dogs are his life, hows best way to get him on priority list for housing? Thinking unkempt look, letter from his ex saying he is booted out and saying little more than homeless otherwise he won’t be a priority.
     
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    Where geographically? If near me could possibly help a bit. [Gloucester]
     
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    Being vague in case small possibly any of her family read this forum roughly Taunton/ West Somerset.
     
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    That is so sad I really feel for the guy I really do but I'm betting this isn't going to be easy for him the sad fact is there are now thousands of people on the street living rough and many through no fault of their own. I think it is so good of you to be helping this guy because right now he must be so scared of what's going to happen and potentially having to say goodbye to his dogs may just be the last straw for him. I wish both of you well if there were more like you maybe the streets wouldn't end up being a new home for many of those going through a bad time in life I hope all goes well and you get him back on his feet again very soon 'with, his dogs ;)
     
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    I imagine 2 large dogs and a “sofa rat “ will be fun- however I think giving up his dogs would literally finish him off,There was no other choice.
    Fortunately mine has been around his two previously.

    Thanks for kind comments- I have few thick as thieves friends and many associates.


    I’m still puzzling over whether any armed forces organisations may be able to help expedite long term solution.

    Short term I have slim hopes his misses is having a phase, but then again what happens behind closed doors- who knows.


    but plan B is afoot :)
     
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    If he's ex forces try the British legion, if they can't help finding him somewhere to live, then they should at least be able to give him advice where to start looking and help with benefits claims etc.
     
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    As what mike said
    British legion may be able to help most local councils and government signed a HM forces covenant with a promise to aid ex forces personnel he could also try his ex Reg association
    There’s a lot of help out there available to ex service personnel unfortunately it’s not well advertised
    Hope it gets sorted
     
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    Get in touch with ssafa the armed forces charity there great

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    @lone wolf gud call completely forgot about them :thumb:
     
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    They are always in the shadow of the legion but when your in the forces some if your pay goes towards ssafa and they have a very large network of local advisers and funds to help ex service personel.

    Theres help out there im sure he can be looked after
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    I know you're helping him but if you get him into a temporary shelter home it would push him up the priority list and they often help with the process. There is a reasonably good network in Taunton, one place opposite the old Vauxhall garage. I think you may need to go through council to be referred but if he says he is Sofa Surfing it should help. I know that someone was staying there with a dog too.
     
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    Worth trying these:

    Taunton Association for the homeless
    7 The Crescent, Taunton TA1 4EA
    01823 271326

    The Open Door
    1A Mount St, Taunton TA1 3QB
    01823 271996

    As I said if he gets in with them they will help with the process and I'm sure would know about ex forces as well.
     
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    Ex Forces. SSAFA and British Legion. They will help I am sure of it.
     
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    This is terrible to hear, having some contact with the homeless in our city, I would say a high proprtion are ex-services, many from years gone by but worryingly lots of young people who have recently left from the latest conflicts they have served in, they often tell a similar story of mental health problems and scars left over from the theatre, nobody understands what they've been through and when they get home there is nothing for them, skills are untransferable to civvy life....

    They are just abandoned by the government after having the best taken from them.

    Shame on this country!
     
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    Try his Regimental Association.
     
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    Glad people here have already mentioned avenues for his mental/emotional welfare as much as valuable practical advice. Can't be easy at all in that situation. Needs some stability and hope.

    All the best.
     
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    SSAFA caseworker details received think they can sort him a deposit and months rent if needed and help with paperwork.

    I’ve a crew on standby to strip the house if needed.
     
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    How did this pan out...?
     
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    Things have been up and downs, but we have managed to get GP, hospital critical care nurse and citizens advice to act as one.

    Because of my friends blackouts it is less than ideal to have him at my place due to space and both my partner and I working- if he falls or blacks out while we work.

    There is NHS funding for non age related care home fees, he qualified for this and it works out £550 month with all his fees and no council tax etc to pay.

    While we think he would be better in warden controlled flat- he seems happy with idea on a trial at the care home as pension credit etc he is better off.

    His partner has also calmed down a bit as he has pointed out he has 40-50k of improvements on property and if she wants to be funny, legal advice taken so far he has a fair chance she could have to pay him back ( she would be forced to sell house)

    So this coming week he starts the trial and moving few bits over, if it goes ok we will move rest of his stuff.

    :) hope it all pans out
     
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