Tom has been a long term rough sleeper and has secured accommodation in the past …
Tom has been known to the service as a long term rough sleeper and has secured accommodation in the past, though this has never been a long term solution due to many factors, including the accommodation being inadequate.
Tom approached us after feeling unsafe in his previous accommodation. He felt he could easily return to criminal activity and begin using street drugs due to their availability and his stress and anxiety caused by the dangerous environment he was staying in.
The Foxton Centre approached a landlord who did not require a bond scheme and kept his properties up to a very good standard. We were able to use the ‘Off the Streets’ fund to furnish the property so that Tom could move in and create a proper home where he could flourish.
Since securing a good standard tenancy with an understanding and supportive landlord and creating a home, Tom has felt more confident, safe and able to make positive change.
Tom has recently undertaken some voluntary work and wants to look at mentoring others who are in a similar situation and he now feels that his new flat has given him new hope for his future.
“Before I felt unsafe and I knew it wouldn’t be long before I was back in prison. Having my flat now with all my furniture has given me a huge opportunity to better myself.
“I feel safe, and knowing I have a tenancy has relieved all the stress I had before. I feel I have a great foundation to build on and have something that belongs to me.
“I’m so grateful because being given the accommodation has totally turned things around. I have even received support in managing and budgeting in order for me to be able to sustain and keep my tenancy.
“I wasn’t just put in a flat and left on my own, I’ve had great support, advice and guidance all the way.”