Publication in pdf format - Threshold

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Publication in pdf format - Threshold

t h r e s h o l d a n n u a l r e p o r t 2006y o u n g m o t h e r i n r e n t a r r e a r sh e l p e d t o k e e p h e r h o m eAgatha is a parent with two children who contacted Threshold in October 2006 because she feared losing herhome.Agatha was working in a restaurant as a waitress but lost her job. She had applied for rent supplement butfound she had to be assessed by the local authority before payment could commence. She was under pressurefrom her landlord to pay almost €1,000 rent owing and feared being given notice to leave her home.Threshold’s advice worker contacted Galway City Council to fast track Agatha’s housing needs assessment.The advice worker was successful in ensuring that the Council bypassed the usual six week’s processing timeand that the assessment was carried out in just one week.The advice worker also contacted Agatha’s landlord to keep him informed of the situation, to reassure himand to explain the procedure when applying for rent supplement. The advice worker negotiated with theclient’s Community Welfare Officer regarding commencement of payment of rent supplement and backpayments owing.Two weeks after Agatha first contacted Threshold her Community Welfare Officer forwarded back paymentsof rent supplement to her bank account. Agatha has informed us that there is no further threat to hertenancy and she and her landlord have a good relationship.32

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