Hunt said a number of the residents were disabled or suffered ill health and received personal independence payments (PIP), the benefit that helps with the extra
costs of a long-term health condition or disability. Those living in the building include her 53-year-old son, who needs a wheelchair after a car accident, and her 38-year-old grandson, who has epilepsy. Two of the residents have cancer.
Some of the men were previously homeless but now have jobs. “If they haven’t got a place to live, they would lose their work,” said Hunt.Others are former prisoners. “They are fine now – they’ve got a place to live and get a bit of benefit, and they don’t reoffend.”