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Couple with 10-day-old baby turn to soup kitchen for place to sleep

Couple with 10-day-old baby turn to soup kitchen for place to sleep

10/19/2021 6:41:00 PM

Couple with 10-day-old baby turn to soup kitchen for place to sleep

The Homeless Project Scotland's branch, Hielenman's Umbrella in Glasgow, Scotland, say it was the first time they have supported a new-born baby

They turned up at service run by Homeless Project Scotland at Hielenman's Umbrella in Glasgow, who say it was the first time they have been approached by family with such a young child.Staff at the soup kitchen were concerned by the heart-breaking scene.

Chairperson Colin McIness told Glasgow Live : "It was a mum and a dad with a 10-day-old child. I think it was not last week but the week before."They came along to soup kitchen and asked if they could get help to find accommodation.""We've never dealt with anyone with a child that young before. The parents looked in okay health.

"Obviously they looked stressed and they looked a bit happy to see help. "The baby was 10-days-old and they [the parents] obviously needed assistance from us to help them get them into accommodation. It was quite an unusual situation."Homeless Project Scotland, which also runs outreach support in the city, refers people on to Glasgow City Council’s case work team. headtopics.com

The council were able to find the couple and baby a place to stay."The council accommodated them in a B'n'B and then later offered them a temporary furnished flat. The charity is still in contact with them," Colin added.The charity say they have helped accommodate more than 50 rough sleepers on the streets of Glasgow city centre in the last few weeks, including 24 in the first week in October - many of whom were recently released from prison.

It comes just weeks after the charity said they were left "heartbroken" after two schoolchildren queued up on a school night with their mum at the soup kitchen.Until then, it was the first time in 155 soup kitchens that the charity has put on that children of that age had attended the soup kitchen.

In February of this year, shocking photos showing 200 homeless people queueing up for a soup kitchen in Glasgow revealed the extent of the homeless crisis in the UK.According to government statistics, children made up 31% of the 31,333 households assessed to be homeless or threatened with homeless in Scotland.

Glasgow had the highest number of homeless households in Scotland, and compromises 17 per cent of the total.This is up from 12 per cent, the figure it stood at in 2018/19.The end of the government’s eviction ban, combined with redundancies since the pandemic and the scrapping of the £20 Universal Credit increase, mean many more could soon find themselves with nowhere to live. headtopics.com

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