Our clients

The homeless men and women who use our services have a rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences but there are also many common themes

27%* of our clients report simultaneous physical and mental health problems and substance use issues. In addition to their homelessness, a resident may also have several other challenges to face, ranging from dyslexia to drug issues.

Many have experienced significant trauma - in childhood; in the armed forces; on the streets. Most people who become homeless are very isolated; many have lost all contact with their friends and families. People come to us with increasingly complex needs, and to help them recover we must constantly modify and modernise our homeless services.

Our clients' achievements as they work towards recovery are made even greater by the significant hurdles they have overcome.

Read more about client involvement at: St Mungo's client involvement

Listen to some of their experiences, gathered in our oral history project Street Stories and their stories of recovery and moving on.

If you are a St Mungo's client, read more about services for you and how you can get involved and help others at St Mungo's.

About a quarter of our 2,500 residents are women and research has shown they can face particular issues around domestic violence and relationships with families and children. In March 2014 we published our Rebuilding Shattered Lives report with ten recommendations for supporting women who have experienced or are currently experiencing homelessness.

Our clients are also involved in our Recovery College programme.

To find out more, contact Nathan Rosier at nathan.rosier@mungos.org

* statistics taken from St Mungo's 2014 A Future Now report