Helping Josh out of long term homelessness

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“The 999 Club got me where I am now. They have done everything they can do to help.” Josh is in his fifties and has spent many years sofa surfing and sleeping on the streets. A few years ago he did have a place to live for a short while. After going to the No Second Night Out Project he …

Alex and Shadow

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Alex arrived in our Gateway, along with a cat in a basket, seeking support, having recently been evicted from a property they’d lived for several years. Unfortunately, we are unable to take pets into our Night Shelter and Alex didn’t want to be parted from her cat, Shadow. We talked with Alex about her options, when we discovered more about …

M’s story

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‘This is first time for 18 months that I’ve been able to sleep with both eyes shut.’ After his relationship broke down, ‘M’ slept rough for about eighteen months before coming in to the 999 Club. ‘I know why I ended up becoming homeless,’ he said, ‘but the problem was, I was trying to get out of being homeless but …

Art group trip to Tate Modern

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With Stories from the Streets we look at the reasons people become homeless, and share what we’ve done to help them find accommodation. That journey can often be a long one. Along the way, Learning & Activities at the 999 Club help people to combat loneliness and isolation, recover their self esteem and identity, learn practical life skills, and become …

Food for the Soul

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A college cooking course has raised the ambitions of one of our former Night Shelter residents. Raymond slept in the 999 Club Night Shelter last year, and for him, the shelter was the first step away from homelessness. He now has his own flat. ‘999 Club stopped me going off key,’ he says. ‘I spent a lot of time on …

Sisters Katie and Helen find a home together

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We were contacted  on the 3rd of September by Centrepoint, by a worker who had two young sisters, Katie, 23, and Helen, 20,  who were facing homelessness. They had been living with their older sister in Catford, but they were very overcrowded and the eldest sister’s tenancy was in jeopardy because of the younger two staying. Reluctantly she had asked …

Stable employment and a new sense of purpose for Manny

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People who come to use the services of the 999 Club can be at risk of exploitation which often leads to homelessness.  By helping people to acquire or improve their skills and understand more about their rights we can prevent them becoming homeless. Manny came to the 999 Club in May 2016 needing help with his accommodation.  He sometimes worked sixty-nine hours …

Strained family relationships

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Ayexza had lived with her mother in Ghana, their relationship was strained, and she was told to leave the family home. Ayexza had a residency permit to live in the UK. She came to join her Father in September 2012. She finished her schooling and enrolled at Newham College to undertake an Access to Health Professions level 3. Ayexza has …

Ephram

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In 2010, I separated from my partner and lost my job as a security guard. I became homeless. I was sleeping behind Poundland in Woolwich, in the car park. I moved away from London, staying with a friend in Birmingham. I stayed in Birmingham for 2 years trying to find work and a place to stay but couldn’t find anything. I …

Bill receives support following the loss of his wife

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I lost my partner Lilly on Friday 30th October 2015. She had terminal cancer. Lilly was ill all year. We were going to Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital and there was a lovely consultant there who said: “make the most of this summer as it will be her last”. I carry a framed picture of her with me – it goes …

Jean’s story

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I had been homeless since the beginning of 2015 year and am now staying in a hostel. The 999 Club means everything to me. If it wasn’t here I wouldn’t have anywhere to go during the day, especially when it’s cold. I stayed in their Winter Night Shelter in 2015 for a month from February until it closed in March. …

Stewart’s story

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About 2 years ago I was living in Forest Hill working for Thames Water. I had been living and working there for over 10 years. My landlord (who I knew really well, I even worked with his son) got ill and ended up in hospital; he finally had to sell his house and go into a care home. I had …

William’s story in his own words…

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I was known by Social Services by the time I was 3 months old. It took until I was 7 to get adopted. It was hard for my parents, and as soon as I was 18, they kicked me out. With foster children when you turn 18 the government steps in — but not with adopted children. I was in the …

Sam, Suzie and Rover

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I have been homeless on and off since I was 13 — I am from a very, very violent home. Now I’ve been sleeping on the streets or squatting for about 22 years. I slept in Piccadilly Circus, but made sure my wife Suzie never slept on the streets, so found squats. I really want to sort my life out now …

David’s story

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I have been homeless for 6 years. Before this I was living in Scunthorpe, but when the person living below me died, drug addicts pinched all the copper piping and so I couldn’t get any water. I was moved to a small village, but one of my neighbours started bullying me. He kept coming round to borrow money and my …

Mercedes’ story

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I was evicted in October 2014 because the owner sold the place I was living in. I couldn’t find a new place that would accept Housing Benefit and then I was given temporary accommodation for two months. I ended up out on the street in November – it was cold and horrible. I went to hospital because of the stress …