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Inverness Churches Helping the Homeless

Inverness Churches Helping the Homeless

Below is a summary of the Project’s newsletter for May 2014

The EVALUATION MEETING for this year’s DAA PROJECT is to take place on TUESDAY 17th JUNE at 7pm in the NESS BANK CHURCH HALLS. All welcome.
A full Evaluation Report prepared by the Highland Homeless Trust will be available before the Evaluation Meeting.

33 men and 12 women have been considered for accommodation for the DAA, this includes 4 couples – referrals came from CAB, Cale House, Crown Court, NHS, Street Pastors, Police and 10 self referrals. An additional 25 individuals were advised of the service by Highland Council’s Housing Service. The average length of stay in the DAA has been 3 nights, with the longest being 7 nights. The immediate homelessness of 17 individuals was resolved in discussion with partners. A significant number of referrals have been assessed as ineligible and/or unsuitable for the accommodation due to either the presence of a right to accommodation from highland council or were refused because of the threat they posed to staff and the general public or because they were intoxicated. To date, referrals were for Czech, Dutch, Egyptian, Italian, Spanish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, and English nationals as well as Scots.

This year, income and expenditure for the project was:
Income Expenditure
The Baird Trust £3,000 Payments to HHT £12,743
Ferguson Bequest Fund £2,000 Refund due to Churches £ 312
Crerar Hotels Trust £5,000 (by HHT)
Common Good Fund £8,550 HHT Charges for Service £12,431
Donations £200

There was little in the way of additional expenditure this year which has created a surplus overall and hopefully this will mean we can plan for another DAA Project knowing that we may not have to seek any funding. The Group expressed their thanks and appreciation to all their funders listed above, as well as individuals who have provided support and donations. They also thanked all the individuals and organisations who worked together, and in different ways helped make the project a reality once again last winter – our Partners, Inverness Presbytery, The Highland Homeless Trust and Blythewood Care; Inverness Presbytery’s Church & Society Committee and Highland Council for their advice and guidance; Mrs. Margaret Ross who again provided Food & Hygiene Training for our volunteers at no cost as the Salvation Army’s gift to the project; and to all the members of Inverness Churches Helping the Homeless.

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