Stories

The real impact of Housing First can be discovered in the stories of people who have benefited from these services. It is important that professionals from across the sector hear their voices on how the approach has made a difference to their lives, and why they think it has been successful in supporting them to move away from homelessness. Here are a selection of residents' stories and videos, which we will add to over time.

  • Sam's story

    Sam suffers from unconditional epliepsy. She went from sleeping rough to living in a caravan with no facilites, and 2019 she was offered Housing First support by Two Saints. Having her own home was an amazing change and gave her hope. (Video)

  • Luke's story

    Luke had alcohol misuse issues and experienced periods of sleeping on the streets. Since July 2016, he has been successfully housed by Emerging Futures.

  • Katherine's story

    Katherine had a difficult upbringing, which led to drug use, recurring trouble with the police and a period of sleeping rough. Now supported by Emerging Futures, she is thinking positively about her future.

  • Thomas Housing First resident

    Thomas’ story

    Thomas developed alcohol dependency, and found that hostels did not work for him. He has been successfully housed by the Bench Outreach Housing First project in South East London since July 2015, and enjoys visits from his daughter and grandchildren. (Video)

  • Housing First resident Wayne

    Wayne's story

    Wayne had a long history of substance misuse and offending after leaving the army. He was homeless for over 30 years before being referred to SHP’s Fulfilling Lives project in Camden and Islington. (Video)

  • Back of woman's head

    Lindsay's story

    Lindsay was referred to Housing First by her probation worker. She was temporarily housed with a high priority for rehousing. Lindsay is very vulnerable and has high/complex needs. 

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