Kenny and Alicia met at a church day centre six years ago and have been inseparable ever since. The love and friendship between them shines like a beacon and they’ve looked after each other through difficult times. 

Kenny, 58, became homeless after a relationship breakdown and the pressures of daily life built up. His mother was in a care home with dementia and other family members weren’t able to help. With nowhere else to go and no support, he had no choice but to live on the streets. 

Alicia had been a carer for the elderly as well as looking after her disabled mother. When her mother died, she was hit with the bedroom tax and fell into debt. She lost her home and was also forced onto the streets. 

Single Homeless Project helped the couple stay together during the pandemic and found a home they could finally call their own. 

"We travelled on buses all day and would try and get into night shelters to sleep if possible. The street was a hard place. I was so frightened and could never sleep as I was worried someone would stab us. We lost our belongings twice! Without my Kenny I wouldn’t have survived.” says Alicia.

The street was a hard place. I was so frightened and could never sleep as I was worried someone would stab us.

We met the couple in the middle of the pandemic. They’d been through traumatic hospital operations, been separated due to COVID-19 and fallen through the cracks when it came to accessing support. After Alicia was offered a place in a Single Homeless Project shelter in Ilford, she was adamant that Kenny should join her. It was only a day later that Kenny was found by our outreach worker and brought to the same shelter where he was reunited with Alicia. 

After 10 months with Single Homeless Project, our Housing team helped the couple move into their new place together. 

Kenny says “Single Homeless Project helped us together, the first agency in five years that actually did something. They gave us a room to share, provided us with clothing, paid for our passports for ID and now helped us with a home. We can’t thank the staff enough. We’re so excited to finally be happy together in our new home.”