There are lots of stereotypes around homelessness and homeless people, many of which are damaging to the reputation of the homeless community.
The people who we support have often been through traumatic and turbulent experiences. Many of them have grown up in care, been victims of domestic abuse, have had substance abuse issues or have learning difficulties. There are a whole range of circumstances and issues which can lead to someone becoming homeless, but a significant factor is that many of them lack a support network. Without this in place, many of our residents had no one to turn to when they were in trouble and at risk of homelessness.
These are the real life stories of our residents. They reveal their experiences and give an insight into what it feels like to be without a home. Many of them serve to challenge the negative stereotypes surrounding homelessness and give a fresh perspective of what homelessness entails in twenty-first century Britain.