James’ story

I am no longer sleeping rough and this has reduced my vulnerability.

James is 58, and became street homeless in 2015. He was diagnosed with psychosis and schizophrenia in December 2015, and also suffers from asthma and reduced mobility due to a crumbling vertebrate and sciatica.

He was placed in a local homeless hostel in December 2015, and after being referred for housing he moved to Bethany House in March 2016.

After moving to Bethany house James said:

“I feel that this has given me a safe environment in which to continue my recovery. I am no longer sleeping rough and this has reduced my vulnerability.

If I hadn’t moved to Bethany House I would be sofa surfing and sleeping rough. My physical health would have declined and I may have ended up in hospital or even died. I feel that now I have a safe home, I am supported with letters that I don’t understand and have support for my medical appointments.

I feel like with support I can gain the skills required to help me move back to independent accommodation.”

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Thousands of people have gained their independence through supported housing. The Starts at Home campaign aims to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs.

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