ADVICE, REFERRALS AND CASEWORK
For a woman to find herself homeless in London today with little or
no money is distressing enough.
Often the root cause lies in destructive and abusive family and
relationship backgrounds. Apart from a tumble in self esteem, such
women need realistic information on options which are available.
Indeed, our clients come from all backgrounds and ages.
Many of our clients have additional problems and needs relating
to their mental health, substance misuse, fleeing persecution in
their home countries or having a history of offending. These issues
need careful consideration if a rehousing plan is to be successful
in the long term. Others have suffered discrimination due to their
ethnic group, social background or sexuality. Some have just taken
a gamble and come into London for employment opportunities and one
way or another, things have gone contrary to plan. In reality nearly
all clients have run out of other options and need to be channeled
in an appropriate direction.
They are put into contact with us by a range of sources from word
of mouth, day centres, hostels, advice and legal agencies, statutory
agencies as well as through the London media.
We ensure that we are well informed not only about accommodation
but also the other related issues - mental health services, family
and relationship breakdown, eviction, racial harassment, domestic
violence and much more.
Women's Link has developed specialist casework services targeting
Black, Ethnic minority and refugee women with support needs, street
based sex workers and homeless women around the City fringe.