"secured her admission to certain almshouses"

A 1787 drawing of some almshouses in Rochford, Essex
Public DomainA 1787 drawing of some almshouses in Rochford, Essex

Almshouses were modest homes provided by charitable organisations to people unable to afford their own accommodation. As a former spirit merchant’s widow, Winnie Verloc’s mother is able to draw upon contacts in the licensed spirit trade to secure a place to live.