Paul* was happily living independently and working full-time, when he experienced a workplace accident which left him with serious injuries to his legs. This meant his top-floor flat was no longer accessible to him, and he was unable to get in or out of his home without support. In effect, this left him practically housebound. It also made it much more difficult to see his young son, and Paul’s mum had to stay over when his son visited to help out.
Clearly, Paul’s accommodation no longer met his physical needs and due to his poor mobility, there was a potential risk to his safety in the property. This gave grounds for him to make a homelessness application requesting assistance in finding accommodation more suitable for his needs. Paul was supported by Leigh, a housing officer, who was able to find Paul a ground-floor, accessible flat – and she applied to St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity for a grant for Paul’s rent in advance, which he otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.
Thanks to our amazing supporters, Paul is now comfortable in his new flat, and he can have his son over to stay.
*Names have been changed to protect privacy