Stacie lived with her grandmother from a young age, so it was a big shock when she passed away. After suffering mental health issues and becoming homeless, our supported housing service helped her to find her feet.

My nan and my granddad brought me up from when I was a baby. My mum was still living with her parents when I was born, so I stayed with them. My granddad died when I was 12, so then it was just me and my nan. I studied journalism at University, and was looking for jobs when she fell over on the marble tiles in the kitchen. It got to the stage where I had to help her in and out of the bath, and for the last two and a half years of her life I was her carer.

When she passed away the house went to my mum and my uncle. My mum didn’t let me live in the house, so that’s when I became homeless. I went to sleep on my friend’s floor in Hastings. It wasn’t very nice – there were live wires hanging out of the walls with damp coming down them. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Then my friend was evicted and I had to sleep on the street for two weeks before I got into a homeless hostel in London. 

When I got the job it was the happiest I’d been since my nan passed away. When I got paid I went out and bought some pearl earrings like the ones she used to wear.

I never knew about benefits before I got into the hostel, but they helped me set them up. It was a really nice environment there, clean and supportive. Since I got into the hostel, my confidence and happiness have grown so much and I’ve made some really good friends. I moved on to SHP supported housing, where I am now. I started in a shared house, before moving to an independent flat.

My SHP support worker is helping me get ready to live on my own. I’m going on a pre-tenancy training course which covers how to manage gas and electricity meters, how to bid on council houses, and what to look for when you view a flat.

Even though my mum didn’t want me living with her, my family are very controlling and I’ve had some really graphic threats from them. My support worker wrote a letter telling them that they’re not allowed to come near me. They gave me a personal alarm and put a personal safety plan in place.  I found it really supportive and I feel safer now.

I decided that I wanted to work in the homeless sector too. My support worker helped me look for a job, and now I’m an apprentice project worker at a hostel run by another charity. When I got the job it was the happiest I’d been since my nan passed away. When I got paid I went out and bought some pearl earrings like the ones she used to wear.

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