Ian’s story

People don’t realise what it’s like out on the street

Former security guard Ian, 42, came close to death on the streets before moving into a hostel. He’d been sleeping rough for 11 months and suffered a heart attack brought on by the physical toll of homelessness.

Thankfully, living in one of Porchlight’s homeless hostels for the past six months has allowed him to regain his health and get back on his feet.

Ian describes getting a room at one of our hostels as a “relief” from the streets where he struggled to survive and even contended with violent members of the public.

“These hostels really allow people to get back on their feet. People don’t realise what it’s like out on the streets. It’s dangerous and there are a lot of bad people out there,” he says.

However, Ian explains the benefits of supported housing go beyond simply having a roof over your head.

“It’s not just about having somewhere to call your own. The hostel staff are fantastic – they’re always there to help you out and their door is always open.  Now I can look forward to the future.”

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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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