STEP Move-on

Below are four short stories about people that came into our emergency accommodation and have moved on. All these anecdotes have been anonymised. 

CR was our very first client; he was made homeless following the breakdown of his relationship.  Staff supported CR bid for houses, eventually CR was successful, he now has his own flat and is rebuilding his life.  

RP was a highly educated lady, she had moved to the Manchester area to complete a Masters program at a local university.  Following difficulties with her tenancy RP was evicted and became homeless.  She received support applying for housing associations, as she didn't have any rent arrears from a previous tenancy, her age and flexibility also helped her find a flat very quickly.

US originally came to stay with us at STEP from late 2014 sporadically up until March this year following an eviction from Leopold Court.  US eventually moved on to a Stepping Stones project but came back to us following an eviction. A short time after returning to us he was offered a place at Tekoa House and again returned back to us following his eviction from there. It was necessary for US to address his lifestyle and the issues that presented such as, benefit sanctions, anger issues and inappropriate behaviour/ boundaries. Initially US was reluctant to make positive changes to his life and struggled to motivate himself to take action and address the issues that were preventing him from moving forward. Through the guidance and encouragement from STEP staff and support and training sessions with John (Reintegration Worker) we were able to secure him a bed within our Halsall House project where he is currently doing well. 

HX lost a placement at another more permanent hostel because of rent arrears, he went to move in with his dad but became homeless when his father was sectioned under them mental health act.  HX was able to pay all his service charge at the STEP project, he showed he had learnt from his previous eviction.  HX had been using amphetamine for 20 years prior to this placement, but to his credit he was often clean during his time at STEP and engaged really well with DAAT services.  After his father was released from hospital he had the opportunity to move back in with him, HX left soon after.

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John Priestly

Sanctuary Trust works with homelessness and homeless related poverty and emergency homeless issues. God's Sanctuary was the vision of Sheila Halsall after seeing the level of homelessness Rochdale and later the homelessness Conwy and the substance misuse such as Drugs and Alcohol. By Providing emergency shelter for the homeless in supported housing services funded mainly through Supporting People we assist other providers such as Shelter homelessness, Petrus and Stepping Stones who are also supporting people through women's and men's hostels and floating support. We also have STEP Emergency overnight provision. With our work in Wales we partner with Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) as they provide financial help for homeless through emergency shelter and their Supporting People funds. There are different kinds of accommodation available but what is needed is good quality supported accommodation with a strong business and development plan. We have also provided consultancy service to help others move closer to an answer to homelessness. Our social enterprise company, Sanctuary Trust Enterprises runs Noah's Ark Play Centre, The Storehouse Charity Shop.