Positive Action in Housing Ltd
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Why your donation matters
Many people think you can't be made destitute in this country, removed from your home, forbidden benefits, forbidden to work or access public funds or emergency housing.
Yes you can.
Many destitute asylum seekers are from countries with known records of human rights abuses. They are forced out of their homes in an attempt to make them return even though it isn't safe.
In 2012, the Lifeline project provided food & shelter to 313 people. We provided 586 nights of shelter. We gave out hundreds of crisis payments totalling £30,400.Many of those we helped were “additionally vulnerable”: the elderly, children, pregnant women, young women under 25, those with health problems, survivors of trauma.The project provides the necessary breathing space for people to sort out their lives.
Case study: donations in action
In March 2010, a Russian couple and their teenage son threw themselves from the 15th floor of their rented flat in Glasgow. On that very day, their benefits and housing had been stopped in an attempt to force them out of the country. They were not allowed to find work to support themselves. The family were in genuine fear of being returned to their country of origin because of Mr Sehryk's links with the Russian military intelligence.The night before their deaths they left suicide notes with a friend, and on the morning of their supposed eviction date, they jumped from the balcony of their 15th floor high rise flat. Their story became the subject of international media attention. The family was not known to the destitution project. Had we known of their plight perhaps they wouldnt have taken their lives on the day they were about to be made destitute. You can read about vulnerable families who were helped by the hardship fund on pp 24 onwards of our annual report at www.paih.org.