Julie’s story

Just over a year ago Julie was living on the streets. She was drinking and taking drugs and described her experience as ‘hell’.

This is her story.

“I’ve been living in supported housing for just over a year now. Before coming here I was living on the streets. I’d been using drugs and alcohol for over 20 years and I couldn’t stop.

“I moved onto a supported hostel which was a dry house but it wasn’t until I joined AA and moved here that my life changed completely.

“This is the longest I’ve been in recovery. I’ve been clean from drugs and alcohol for one and a half years now and I feel alive for the first time. I’m safe. I have a stable life now.

“I now have a routine and I’ve got a lovely clean bed to put my head on at night. I’m grateful for the smallest things.

“I now have a job working in the community and I’ve learnt to take things one day at a time.

“I’m also building a relationship with my eldest daughter and my granddaughter who I didn’t see her for the first five years of her life. I’m now in contact with them and we’re slowly building a relationship. I’m hoping to have them round for Sunday dinners in future!

“The most important aspect of my recovery is trust. I trust my housing provider, Transform, and they trust me. That’s a big thing for me.

“Supported housing has saved my life. If I was still out there drinking I’d be dead. They have given me a chance. I owe my life to Transform. My life has indeed Transformed.”

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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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