A housing association in a city in the north of England contacted us when they realised that a man they were about to evict from one of their houses was an ex-pharmacist. The man, who was being evicted because the council wanted to demolish the property, did not have security of tenure. He also suffered from depression and was an alcoholic (although in recovery for some years). Despite the man’s circumstances, the council would not consider him to be a priority for rehousing and he was therefore facing homelessness and the prospect of sleeping rough (in the middle of winter).
Pharmacist Support liaised with the housing association and provided him with the deposit to rent a new flat and to pay for removal expenses. He is now settled in his new accommodation. In his own words, the help that the charity provided was a ‘lifeline’. The ability to respond quickly helped him through the ordeal and helped to ensure that he did not revert to alcohol during this extremely stressful period.