Michael’s story

We’re still finding our feet, but are doing far better than just a few years ago

Supported housing helped Michael move from homelessness to living independently, and the support he has received to help turn his life around. This is Michael’s story:

“I’ve gone from sleeping on the streets and lacking the literacy skills to write a letter, to living in my own place and completing qualifications in English and maths.

“Things started getting complicated following the collapse of my marriage in 2002, which is when I moved out to live on my own. By 2004, my son, also called Michael, who was 14 at the time and had epilepsy, mental health needs and alcohol addiction, had moved to live with me.

“At Sanctuary Supported Living, we were encouraged to develop at our own pace. Staff helped us to plan how we could change our lives through developing the skills needed to live independently.

“I began to feel like I mattered, like a real person with an opinion and a future. My key worker helped me get back into the classroom and I’ve since been able to go back to college for my English and maths qualifications.

“Now I have moved out to my own tenancy with my son in Manchester. We’re still finding our feet, but are doing far better than just a few years ago.”

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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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