“We bought an apartment over ten years ago. It was only a one bedroom so when we had my first daughter we stayed there until she was five but then tried to find somewhere bigger. The recession had hit so we weren’t able to sell, we tried renting but it just became so hard trying to keep up with rent and paying our mortgage so we became homeless and were placed in a hotel.
“It was very hard. My husband had to get up for work and try have normal day, knowing that we were all still in one room. We were living out of black bags, as we had no wardrobes to put the clothes. There was no facilities to cook, we couldn’t have microwave, we just had a kettle and that was it.
“I had to bring my little baby girl back to that hotel room from the hospital after she was born so it was five of us then.
“I had to wash her bottles in the bathroom sink as we couldn’t have a steriliser in the room. I couldn’t prepare meals for her.”
“We were so overjoyed when we heard a place had been found for us. I think we cried for about three days, we just didn’t think it was true, that it was real! The feeling of knowing that we don’t have to move again, I think that was the best part of it. The feeling of being here now and that’s it, we don’t have to move again, this is our home.
“The Simon Community were a brilliant support. Our keyworker from the resettlement team visited us for the first few months once a week or so, just to check in and make sure were settling in okay.
“He helped us set the place up and made sure we had everything we needed. He was a great help, I have to say and he still checks in with us to see how we are managing.”
“Homelessness really can happen to anyone. It could happen to anybody tomorrow. It’s very bad at the minute and it’s getting worse but every little bit helps. When you’re homeless and have nowhere to go, it’s great to feel that you have have support and there are people out there to help you. It makes you feel a little bit better, you don’t feel as if you’re on your own in the world.