Stories

The real impact of Housing First can be discovered in the stories of the people benefitting from these services. It is important that professionals from across the homelessness and related sectors hear - in residents' own words - how the approach has made a difference to their lives, and successfully supported them to move away from homelessness. This selection of residents' stories and videos will be added to over time.

  • Tim's story

    Tim shares his journey from becoming homeless and experiencing a lonely life on the streets, to being supported by SHP's Islington Housing First team, and the hope and motivation this has given him.

  • Ben's and Rose's stories

    Ben shares his experiences as a peer mentor with Expert Citizens' Housing First service in Stoke, including how he has benefited from this volunteering opportunity. Rose, a mentee, describes the clear advantages to having a peer mentor and what she has been able to accomplish as a result. (Video)

  • Liana's and Malcolm's stories

    Liana and Malcolm are being supported by Hightown's Housing First service in Hertfordshire to rebuild their lives and pursue goals and opportunities. (Video)

  • Patrick's story

    Patrick had a history of drinking and getting in to trouble and had stayed in several hostels in London. Now he is being supported by St Mungo's Camden Housing First. He is being encouraged to follow his interests and feels happier and more confident. (Video)

  • Aly's story

    Aly Davies, Manager of St Mungo's Housing First service in Camden, shares her thoughts on why Housing First works and how her service is successfully supporting its clients. (Video)

  • Brian's story

    Brian Matthews, Housing Commissioning and Partnership Manager at Camden Council, talks about why the Council is funding a St Mungo's Housing First service in the Borough. (Video)

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