Case study: Alison

Case study: Alison

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Alison was referred to Horton Housing by her CPN (Community Psychiatric Nurse). She had been living in private accommodation but felt unsafe there. She moved to our Intensive Housing Management Accommodation in Water Street, Huddersfield two years ago. ‘I used to get up early in the morning and wander the street. The workmen were not nice to me and I used to get upset. Through the back door there was soot like someone was going to set a fire. That’s when my CPN rung Sue, the manager at Water Street, to see if there were any flats. ‘When I first came to live at Water Street, I was shy. I hardly talked and I was scared. Now I have grown in confidence, I am no longer a shy girl, thanks…
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Case study: Leah’s story

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Leah, 18, came to our Group Living Service (GLS) accommodation in Bradford in June 2018. After a year of support, Leah’s mental health has improved and she is now living independently in her own home. She said: “I found out about the GLS hostel as two of my friends were living there. I was staying at another hostel but my mental health deteriorated and I wasn’t looking after myself. I received little support and got into a lot of debt. “It was also easy for anyone to access the building as you could get in by just using a fob. People would go into the hostel and cause trouble, which meant that the police would regularly turn up.” Leah moved into our GLS accommodation a day after having applied for…
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Case study: Arabia

Case study: Arabia

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Arabia was facing eviction because the mess in her house had become unmanageable. She had lived in her home for 19 years and raised her three children there. Arabia has a number of serious health problems and very limited mobility. She is in a lot of pain most of the time. Arabia had become confined to her living room where she slept on her reclining chair. Her son, who has autism and is selectively mute, was looking after her but was struggling to cope. Arabia hadn’t left the house in two-and-a-half years. Unable to use the kitchen, mother and son were living on take-away food. Rubbish, including food packaging, was mounting up putting Arabia at risk from fire and pests. She was distrustful of the housing officers who came around…
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Case study: Hannah’s story

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Hannah* came to Horton Housing just days before giving birth to her daughter. Hannah had suffered domestic violence with her former partner. He had taken Hannah and her three children hostage and threatened to kill them before punching her six-year-old son in the face. Her friend helped her escape the situation. He had been her first love and they subsequently got back together, planning to move to Grassington with the children. He was a great dad to her three children, the eldest of which has ADHD and learning difficulties. Sadly, at just 34, he died from a brain clot. ‘I never grieved properly because I didn’t want to see my kids upset,’ she said. ‘My eldest son was quite a handful back then. He didn’t sleep so we were up…
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Case study: Nicole’s story

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Nicole* came to Horton Housing with her four children after an episode of domestic violence left her homeless. She sought help from her GP who called the police for support. The family spent one night in a hostel before being referred by Bradford Council to Horton Housing. Originally from Central Africa, Nicole had been living in Europe and had come to the UK as an EU citizen. As such, Nicole had the right to work but her inability to speak English held her back from getting a job. Benefits for the family were being paid directly to her husband. She had no money to pay the rent or even get the bus. Horton Housing helped Nicole to find school places for the children, enroll at college to learn English, and…
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Case Study: Simon’s story

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Simon* has had a diagnosis of personality disorder from a young age, severe anxiety and depression and Asperger Syndrome. He is being supported by our Intensive Housing Management service in Kirklees. Where I was living before was supposedly a supported living place, but all the space we got was a bedroom area and everything else was shared. The other people living there were mainly drug addicts with violent tendencies. I was so scared, that I did not come out of my bedroom. Going to the toilet and into the kitchen was difficult. I would wait until it was late at night to come out of my room if I felt brave enough. I used to wee in the sink as I daren’t leave my room, which was a mess as…
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Case study: Peter’s story

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Peter* is an alcoholic. He also has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, anxiety and depression, and gender dysmorphia. He is being supported by our Intensive Housing Management service in Kirklees.  My last place was a shared house and I felt unsafe. I had to eat out a lot as I didn’t feel safe and I ended up drinking a lot. One of the other blokes that lived there would tease and humiliate me; I didn’t object. I knew he was not my friend. He was taking the piss, having a go, so I played along with it, but I didn’t feel safe. I would go out from the house to avoid him. Mick, my support worker, told me about Water Street, about the manager there. I asked if she would hold…
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Case study: Charlie

Case study: Charlie

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Charlie was diagnosed with autism in her mid-forties. “It was a bit of a shock,” she said. “I thought I was just stressed.” She had been living in Scotland, in a ‘ramshackle’ cottage with lots of animals, surrounded by lakes, forest and the countryside. When her house was repossessed she moved down to Yorkshire to be closer to her mum, and found herself sofa-surfing in Harehills, an area of Leeds. Charlie became a client of Horton Housing’s Harrogate STAY service, part of the North Yorkshire Homeless Prevention Service and was introduced to her support worker, Niamh. “She helped me with my bills and getting stuff for my house. It’s good to have someone there to talk to, things I can’t talk to my mum about. I’m a terrible worrier. Niamh…
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Case study: Martin

Case study: Martin

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Martin worked in the catering industry since leaving school. His employment came with accommodation, furniture and all his amenities so when he was forced to give up work after a series of strokes he had no experience of living on his own. To add to his problems, the stroke left him with memory loss and speech difficulties so he had difficulty making himself understood. “I never had belongings,’ he said. “I didn’t know how to sort out electricity and gas bills, council tax. I didn’t have a bed; I didn’t have a cooker. Everything had always been provided for me so when I moved out, I didn’t have anything. “Eighteen months ago, I had three little strokes. I couldn’t speak very well and to speak on the phone was impossible.…
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Case study: Mark

Case study: Mark

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Mark’s life went downhill after a stay in hospital in Leeds. He had been treated for a brain haemorrhage and when he came home he found that his partner had started a relationship with someone else, so he had to leave, which left him homeless. He went to Scarborough as he had friends there who he was able to stay with for a short time before sleeping rough or staying in various shelters. He got accommodation through Horton in March and has been receiving support for health problems. He said: “I have had some medical trouble. I was suicidal at one point. But my support worker goes to the doctors with me and speaks for me. “She has got me thinking in a different light and I am feeling better…
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