Two brothers aged 25 and 23 came to The Hope Hub at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. They had been rough sleeping in tents in the woods and were concerned about the risks to themselves catching coronavirus. It was not possible for them to return to the family home due to a breakdown in relationships and their elderly grandmother had also moved back to the family home too. One of the brothers had recently lost his job and had no income.

The Casework team acted swiftly to secure accommodation for the brothers through an emergency grant with one of our Endeavour Project* landlords. The team also assisted them to apply for both Universal Credit and the housing element of UC. The brother’s settled in well to their new accommodation and the landlord agreed after the first month to make the emergency accommodation permanent by offering them an assured short hold tenancy