Sam is supported by Two Saints in the West Berkshire Housing First service, which was set up in 2019, and successfully housed ten residents within the first twelve months.
The service follows the seven Principles for Housing First in England, enabling it to “get the right clients, into the right property with the right support”. The residents all experience multiple disadvantage and are being supported to turn their lives around. Their personal milestones include changing their address with their bank, seeing if they can go on script and simply going back to their own flat every night.
Sam suffers from unconditional epliepsy. She went from sleeping rough to living in a caravan with no sanitary or cooking facilites, which affected her very badly. In 2019 she was offered Housing First support by Two Saints. Having her own home made her want to change the way she lives her life and gave her hope for the future.