Resonance has housed over 3,000 adults and children in our homelessness property funds. Two of these tenants, Matt and Paul, share their personal and moving stories and experiences of homelessness in our video ‘Matt and Paul: their stories of homelessness’.
They both explain the circumstances that led to - and their experiences of - homelessness and how having a safe, decent and affordable home from Resonance has enabled them to turn their lives around – to find stability, employment, and to become part of their local communities.
WATCH THEIR STORIES
Matt found himself homeless at 54. He’d previously had a successful and varied career but when he returned to the UK following five years of living in Spain, he was unable to secure employment or a permanent place to live. He lived with his parents briefly before sofa surfing on friends’ sofas, and after a short while found himself living and sleeping at Heathrow airport with other people also experiencing homelessness.
In his story, Matt explains how Heathrow airport became a safe and warm place for him to live in the year leading up to the pandemic. That’s when his circumstances changed. As part of the government’s Everyone In scheme, Matt and his friends were all moved into hotels across London to keep them safe from the impacts of COVID-19. After three months Matt moved to a hostel before he was offered a home of his own by St Mungo’s Real Lettings. Matt has been living in and making new home homely since then. The stability and safety his new home has provided him with has enabled him to put down roots in his new community and find meaningful employment once again.
We first met Paul three years ago when he was 61 and had already been living in one of our properties for around 18 months, having previously experienced homelessness. His new home provided him with stability, and with support from our housing provider partner St Mungo’s Real Lettings, he was able to rebuild his life, tackling his alcohol problem and securing employment as a crane lift supervisor.
However, when the pandemic first hit, Paul temporarily lost his job and had to claim Universal Credit for a time. This disruption was challenging for Paul as he needs routine to support his recovery. Thankfully though, after a few months Paul was able to start working again enabling him to continue to feel secure in his life and tenancy.
So three years on, Paul shares more about the circumstances that originally led to his homelessness and the incredible impact having a safe, secure home has had on his life since he first moved in.
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