Keeping the Faith

3rd April 2020

Over recent days, many of you may have seen the quote “You are not stuck at home, you are safe at home”. It is a lovely phrase that reminds us how fortunate we are to have a home to keep ourselves and our families safe in.

While many of us are adjusting to a different way of life, it’s easy to forget that there are others who are adjusting to quite different situations. There is no ‘good time’ to find yourself without a home, but when it feels like the world is becoming topsy turvy over coronavirus, having your own world turned upside down by becoming homeless must be frightening and disconcerting.

But in that world that may seem full of darkness, each week Ypeople is shining a light by sharing an insight into one of our services, and how our staff team are providing stability in turbulent times.

This week’s Friday Focus is on the Glasgow Key Fund. This service provides temporary and settled accommodation to people going through homelessness, by giving them a home in an ordinary community through the private rented sector. In the last year the team has guided 1,034 people and families through their homelessness journey, and supported 570 of those into permanent, settled accommodation.

Michelle and Hannah just received a delivery of inventory for the flats

In the last two weeks, since the country went into lockdown, the team have moved 30 people and families into our tenancies. Over the same period, 19 more people and families have been supported to move on to permanent homes in our communities.

Members of our team who offer supoprt in our communities

Moving home is always an anxious time, but our team have continued to work tirelessly do the best for the people we serve. And there have been some incredible examples of staff and partners working in difficult circumstances: from sourcing a cot for a young woman with a baby when all of the furniture shops were closed; to building on our strong relationships with trusted landlords to remove systemic barriers, enabling a man, who was facing rejection from ‘the system’, to move into his dream home. The team have taken everything in their stride and focused on our mission to support positive change in people’s lives.

Walter from maintenance getting in on the action!

Last week’s reflections centred around the theme of ‘hope’, and this week the key message is one of ‘faith’: faith in people, faith in the willingness of people to work together and help, and faith in the potential of the people and communities that we serve.

While so many of us are isolating in our homes, I am immensely proud that in the last two weeks our Glasgow Key Fund and Rent Deposit teams have been working around the clock to help almost 50 people and families find a safe place to live, and some stability in these topsy turvy times.

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