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Churches Housing Partnership with Women's Aid Group

Monday December 9 2019

Heather Zajac of SCHA and Lynsey Queen of WASLER

Scottish Churches Housing Action (SCHA) has launched a new partnership supporting survivors of domestic abuse moving in to their new homes.

SCHA, which brings together the major Scottish Christian denominations and organisations to help fight homelessness, signed a two-year partnership with Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire (WASLER).

The partnership will support and encourage the contribution of local churches in establishing and sustaining a Starter Pack project, helping women who are moving on from WASLER refuges into their own tenancies.

Heather Zajac, SCHA development manager, said: “When someone gets a house from the council or a housing association after they have been homeless, it is empty. They don’t get furniture, bedding, cooking essentials or cleaning equipment. And they don’t generally have extra money to furnish their new home outwith essential items such as plates, pots, bedding and cutlery.  Families may help, but often people are cut off from family.

“Churches are a crucial part of helping the community.  We are encouraged and inspired by the response; we would welcome support from any local churches or communities.”

Lynsey Queen, WASLER Refuge Manager, said: “Having the support from the local churches to provide starter packs for families moving on from refuge into their own tenancies will make a huge difference. This can be very costly for women, and by having the funds donated this will enable women to not only purchase essential items for their new home but allows them to choose the items they want to buy.

“Having this support will enable families to move into their new home and sustain their tenancy. The Refuge Service at Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire are very excited to be working in partnership with SCHA and the local community and we thank everyone for their continued support.”

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