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Overcoming homelessness

A photograph of a young black man sitting on the ground smiling at the camera.

Brian, originally from Perth, secured employment in Kirkcaldy to be near his family but he lost his job due to company redundancies.  He then couldn’t afford the rent of his private let and so he lost his flat.

Brian referred himself to West Bridge Mill, LinkLiving's shared and supported accommodation in Kirkcaldy. Through the experienced staff at West Bridge Mill, Brian was helped to claim housing benefit, change his address details with key organisations such as the benefits agency, his bank and complete all the necessary paperwork.

Assisted by his support workers at LinkLiving, Brian developed his support plan and regularly met with them to work through his plan. He was keen to get back to work or explore training opportunities and, after discussion with a careers advisor, he applied for and secured a college place. LinkLiving assisted Brian to apply for a bursary and funding through the “Money Does Matter” scheme (to assist students in hardship) to cover his tuition fees.

LinkLiving support workers helped Brian to hone his household skills and he began to budget more effectively. At his reviews his progress to in achieving his support plan was acknowledged.

Keen to secure his own tenancy, Brian worked with his support workers to complete housing forms and applied for points through the independent living points scheme run by Fife Council.  This assisted him in securing his own tenancy with a local housing association. After viewing the property, Brian wanted to in as quickly as possible, and staff assisted him to set up utilities and his family helped with furniture.

Brian is happy, content and settled, in the knowledge that, thanks to LinkLiving, he now has the skills to sustain his new home.

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