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Dee was living in shared accommodation with a friend in Maida Vale before he was homeless. Dee and his friend were sharing a very small room and living in cramped conditions and eventually this had a big effect on their relationship. He therefore decided to leave the accommodation and try to find an alternative. Dee got in touch with a local charity who advised him to go to his Local Authority for help and advice. After reviewing his case the local authority were unable to provide any accommodation. Dee was desperate as he didn’t have anywhere else to go so he went back to the charity to see if they could help. They made a referral to the local outreach team as he was now on the streets. The outreach team referred Dee to No Second Night Out after he agreed to be taken there.

Dee worked with the staff to try and secure Private Rented accommodation. No Second Night Out linked Dee into working with an organisation called Hope Worldwide who run a scheme that assists people to access the Private Rented Sector. Through this scheme Dee went to see a studio flat in East London that was suitable and he moved in straight away.

Dee is extremely happy to now have his own space and asked to reflect on how all parts of the No Second Night Out service that helped him he said, “I wouldn’t be here telling the story, that’s for one thing, ‘cause I’ve never been in a situation like this before. I have no idea what direction or where I would have ended up, or what would have happened…because I got the support so quick I never had time to reflect….that’s how important, and how supportive and great No Second Night Out has been to me.”

6 Responses to Dee
  1. This story is very heart warming. Many of us do not realise how close we are to being homeless, especially in the current economic climate. I remember reading about a woman, aged 37 who had a good job, her own home etc, but then she lost her job and boom – ended up in a hostel which was terrifying. I wish you all the best Dee.
    As nobody has left a comment on your blog, I felt I should. All the best

    • Dear Colleen

      Thank-you for leaving your comment and we felt that Dee’s story highlights how easily it is for people to suddenly find themselves on the streets. However, Dee’s story also shows how NSNO is getting help to peole quickly as he rang the Rough Sleeping Referral Line which alrerted an outreach team to where he was sleeping; he was found and taken to one of our assessment hubs.

  2. hELLO dEE

  3. Hello Dee.

    I too found your story whilst doing some research.

    Thank you for sharing your story, it’s incredibly brave of you. My wish for you is that you are happy, settled and have a fulfilled life.

    Looking forward to working with people as positive as you, if I am lucky…

  4. This story really touched me. My grandfather ended up as a rough sleeper in London many years ago, and as a result died at far too young an age having never seen his grandchildren. There is a hole in my family’s history wherea man should have been. When I lived in London I came precariously close to being homeless on a couple of occasions, and it is scary just how quickly you can end up in that situation. Now I have a young relative who I am worried may be close to the same situation. In 2013 we should not be leaving people behind, there is enough wealth in a city like London to ensure everyone is housed and safe. Thank goodness for organisations like this. You are saving lives, that’s the plain truth of the matter. You have all my respect and thanks. If ever I am in a position to givemmore than thanks then I will, without hesitation.

    • Hi Luke

      Thank-you for sharing your story as we have seen many people like your grandfather come to our service and hopefully prevented another death on the streets. We also work with many people who thought homelessness would never happen to them but it can happen very easily and we aim to be very early intervention to prevent people becoming entrenched on the streets.

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