Samson is a father of two who has been in the UK more than 20 years. He played professional football for Arsenal in the 1990s.
Samson was injured in the 7/7 London bombings and is still suffering from his injuries. Because of this he needed to shield when the Covid pandemic struck. Samson’s whole life turned upside down when his relationship ended suddenly. He became alone and street homeless in Glasgow, unable to work or access homelessness assistance.
Samson asked for help from our Room for Refugees Hosting Programme just as lockdown began. Luckily, we were able to place him in an empty cottage, offered by one of our wonderful hosts. During this time, our Hosting Coordinator, Freya, together with volunteers, arranged deliveries of food, crisis grants and medicine.
Progress was made when we helped Samson get accommodation support. He has now moved into a flat in East Glasgow. He has had his biometrics taken for his ID and is waiting for confirmation of Indefinite Leave to Remain from the Home Office. A job well done!
Positive Action in Housing has been there for me 100%, helping me with food, cash, support and a place to stay until I could get back on my feet. I’m hoping to return to semipro football when I get my papers and take a trip to England to visit my two sons.