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Helped after fleeing violence

I was living in a women’s refuge in Middlesbrough with my children after fleeing violence from my partner at the time.

I was claiming income support and the relevant other benefits were in place. I wanted accommodation in Hambleton to be near my mother and family. I had registered as homeless due to having local connection in Hambleton.

My child has ADHD and is being assessed for Autism which occupies a lot of my time. My child was struggling with living in the refuge due to the amount of families living there and my child’s behaviour was getting out of control.

Housing Officer in Hambleton District Council supported through the homeless process.

Julie Dooley, Humankind HAM HPA supported with setting up tenancy and accessing relevant benefits which included Universal credit and DLA for child.

Julie assisted in applying to Local Assistance Fund for furniture items.

She said: “I was successful in securing a 3 bedroom property in Northallerton.

Awarded beds for the children and cooker from the local assistance fund.

Successful in changing benefits from income support to Universal credit.

Awarded DLA for child with ADHD.

The Service User was engaged with all aspects of support and always keeps arranged appointments. There is a significant change in her with regards to her confidence since returning to the Hambleton area.

“The Service User is able to independently deal with any issues that arise and sometimes just needs confirmation her decisions are correct.”

SU number HAM29595

Homeless Prevention Service – Hambleton area