Peter’s story

Peter's friend died on the streets and that told him he had to make a big change in his life.

“Four years ago, I was living on the streets in Northampton. My homelessness was caused by alcohol addiction. Drink eased my pain, but it was no solution to my problems. I slept in the snow, shared a room with 20 other men in a hostel, with mattresses on the floor, and felt so terribly lonely. My friend died on the streets and that told me I had to make a big change in my life.

Then, I heard of Emmaus from Steve, a friend of mine, and he helped arrange everything. Within 2 weeks I had moved into the community in St Albans. I was very quiet at first and it took a few months to get used to having my own room and a routine. It was strange not having to ask for things like a drink, you can just get one – it’s your home after all. But I felt safe and supported, and after a while I started to get really involved in the community.

I’ve lived in their communities ever since. I’ve done first aid training, anger management courses, I’m a fire marshal and now I’m helping to set-up the new community at Hull & East Riding. It’s all about building self-confidence, communication skills and team-working.

You’ll always hear a lot of laughter in my supported housing community.”

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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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