Homelessness Scotland Southend Apr 2014

Inverness Homelessness Charity Receives Cash Injection from CRASH

The Highland Homeless Trust provides accommodation, support and guidance to people with chronic alcohol problems and/or additional mental health problems who are homeless or rough sleeping for whom rehabilitation is not a realistic option.

The need

The charity contacted CRASH for help with one of their Units used to support vulnerable single adults. The size of the Unit ensures that a person centred and well managed service is provided which encourages residents to engage with the support being provided to address their issues. However, the property was in desperate need of internal refurbishment to bring it to the level which would comply with new HMO licencing regulations.

Over 2,000 homeless claims are made in the Highlands each year, meaning that people, many of whom have mental health, family or addiction issues, have nowhere to call home.

Before many of these local men and women can settle into their own property, they need support to address the issues behind their vulnerability. This can mean access to medical or psychiatric treatment, counselling or simply someone reliable and understanding to talk to.

The solution

“This is a good example of where a cash grant can go a long way to supporting a homelessness charity’s goal. In this case our £2,500 donation made all the difference to refurbishing this invaluable inner city resource bringing it back up to a high standard.”

Ryan Richardson

CRASH Projects & Resources Manager

The social impact

“This particular service provision is unique within the city of Inverness and is proving successful however with cuts in benefits and pressure on finances from other areas of the Trust the grant from CRASH has proved invaluable.”

Alex Gilchrist

Business Manager at Highland Homeless Trust

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