A home for Joe: Joiner gets council flat after Daily Record highlighted his disgraceful homeless plight

Generous Record readers have stepped up to help homeless Joe Carmichael after we revealed his life in a freezing tent.

The disgraceful plight of the jobless joiner touched the heart of many.

Grandfather-of-three Joe, 49, has now been housed in a temporary flat, as Glasgow City Council housing officers try to find permanent accommodation for him.

And Joe has also received several offers of work from people who read of his desperate battle to survive amid night-time temperatures of -7C.

Among those to step forward was Daniel Sloan, a finance student who also runs the Second Chance Scotland charity, which has rescued other homeless people from life on the streets.

Daniel tried to find Joe at his makeshift home under the George V Bridge in Glasgow yesterday but couldn’t find him.

He said: I popped down a couple of times and he wasn’t there. A friend of his was in the tent.

“Since the Record story was published I’ve spoken to a couple of people who have work for Joe. One guy would like him to help convert his garage.

“He noted in the Record story that Joe has tools, which is a big thing when you’re trying to get back into society. There are always people that we can hook up skilled workers with.

“I also spoke to another contact down south, who might be able to give a job and lodgings.

“If anyone can get a message to Joe we’d be happy to discuss it with him.”

After the Record’s story appeared online yesterday, readers expressed their shock that people live in such dire conditions in 2018.

Samantha Kelly wrote on Facebook: “No one deserves to be homeless my heart goes out to them. It’s a disgrace the way the Governent is treating people everyone deserves a home to live in and feel safe and food in their cupboards and that rather than waiting to find out where their next meal is coming from.”

Robert MacKenzie added: “It’s disgusting that in this day and age it comes to this. One per cent of the world owns most of the wealth. J.K. Rowling was kicked off Forbes 100 richest for giving so much to charity.

“Theresa Mays husband runs a trillion pound company, but everyone else has to tighten their belts.”

A Glasgow City Council spokesman confirmed that Joe had been given housing after the Record told of his dire situation.

Members of their street team took him to the address in the city yesterday.

The spokesman also confirmed that he would pass on any messages relating to work for Joe.

He said: “We are pleased that we have been able to identify a suitable temporary furnished flat for Joe.

“We will make sure that Joe is made aware of the job opportunity and help him to get in touch with the person who has made the offer.”

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Source : https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/home-joe-joiner-gets-council-11825292

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