HCHA’s over 25s housing project provides single homeless people aged over 25 with support and a safe place to stay to help them get their lives back on track.
Adam (pictured in the centre with our project staff Raph & Laura) explains his experience, ‘I split up with my ex-partner and moved out, then stayed at my mum’s, but she had no space. I did some ‘sofa surfing’ with friends which was hard. Then I met staff from the housing charity Firm Foundation and they helped me get referred to HCHA who found me a room in a shared house living with other people in a similar situation to me.’
Asked how his life has changed since his move into HCHA’s shared accommodation, Adam replies, ‘Life in the house has been good. We all get along, we all muck in. I can do my own thing, I’m 26. If I want to see my daughter I can bring her here, before I had nowhere to take her. It has made my life easier and better. It’s the first time in a long while that I live in a place I can call home.’
Adam explains, ‘I’m a professional floor layer and good at my job but I have had ongoing back trouble and an operation which have stopped me in my tracks, it’s left me with permanent nerve damage in my left side. After the next operation I’ll have a rethink about what I’d like to do.’
Housing for the over 25s single persons’ project is owned and managed by HCHA with personal support for tenants provided by the referring charity, Firm Foundation.